Day 36: ‘Trolling’ along . . .

Today the WH permitted only ‘certain’ media groups into a press pool, excluding CNN, the New York Times, and others the WH are at regular odds with.  DT repeats that the ‘fake’ news media is the “Enemy of the American People.”   If the news is ‘fake,’ then why did Lt. Gen. Flynn resign (or get fired)?

POTUS-DT attacked the FBI today via Tweets re: leaks.  DT says the media is making stuff up and fabricating sources.  Pundit: “Nobody wins in a war between the WH and the media.”  Media vets say they’ve never seen anything like this, ever.  DT says that, “No one loves the First Amendment more than me . . . no one uses it more than me.”

POTUS-DT is ‘trolling’.  A ‘troll’ is a person who:

  • sows discord by starting arguments or upsetting people

  • posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response

  • otherwise disrupts normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll’s amusement.

 DT will likely make the media ‘stronger’ as they push back against him.

One pundit:  Trump has three goals:  Troll; Divide; Discredit

NBC News confirmed that CoS R. Priebus *did* ask a top FBI official to push-back on stories about DT and Russia.  The FBI declined.  There’s a dispute re: ‘who’ approached ‘who’ in this story; regardless, Priebus should’ve declined to speak with the FBI on this matter.  Some in Congress are outraged.  The WH wanted the FBI to publicly denounce the stories tying DT and RU together.  The WH doesn’t deny that ‘some’ of DT’s campaign officials ‘did’ have contact with RU.  All has not been exposed to the light of day as yet.  The WH is not supposed to be discussing an open investigation with the FBI.  DT has yet to come forward and explain the nature of RU’s contact with his campaign and RU’s efforts to poison Clinton’s bid to win the POTUS.  Critic: DT must want the media to have more stories than they can keep up with.  What the WH calls a ‘leak‘ is actually a ‘news story.’  A leak pertains to ‘classified’ information that could put lives at risk.  Something potentially embarrassing to the WH is a ‘news story.’  Example: the fact Nixon had lots of self-damaging oval office tape recordings of his conversations was a “news story” . . . not a “leak.”  The Pentagon Papers were a ‘leak‘ (as the information published was classified).

POTUS-DT spoke at CPAC and his rhetoric was much the same as during his campaign.  His crowd likes it when he lashes out against the media.  In current polls the media ranks lower than DT (in terms of approval by the public).  DT wants to control the media and what gets reported.  Most media organizations are uniting against him.  DT describes the media as, “. . . cunning, smart, and dishonest.”  DT knows more stories are coming and is perhaps trying to ‘prep’ the public for really bad news (for him) when it comes by saying, “See, this is fake too, just like all the others.  Who are you going to believe!?”  DT wants to keep the media ‘off-balance’ and is perhaps using the ‘Gaslighting‘ technique against the media. Telling lies then calling the reporting of those lies ‘fake’ is something autocrats do.  DT tells CPAC that the, “. . . wall is coming way ahead of schedule.”  He says that he will send “the miners” back to work.  He mentions very little about his proposed policies.  When he speaks it’s like he’s doing a ‘standup’ routine.  At this same conference Kellyanne Conway described feminism as being ‘anti-male’ and ‘pro-abortion.’  She says not all women like to see other women in ‘power.’

DT says he’s against anon. sources, but he has Tweeted many times citing anon. sources and had no sources with his attack on POTUS-O’s citizenship, etc.  The WH seeks to avoid transparency.  This plays well to his base but not beyond . . . he’s not attracting any new followers.  His base loves DT ‘as a person.’

Fake news vs. fake spin . . . there is a difference.  DT take an old tactic to new levels:  attack the media as a strategic, political choice for a desired effect.

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and delegitimize the target’s belief.

DT told the CPAC group he wants a massive military buildup and in the next few days will announce new anti-terror plans.

DT’s agenda could be reduced to (explained as pertaining to): 1) safety, (2) sovereignty, and (3) work/jobs. Conservatives like these things but are not sure how DT will take them forward.  However, DT seems to have won over Conservative skeptics.  The Rep. Party has been turned into Trumpism.  Usually a POTUS will tailor a message to fit the group he will address . . . DT makes it all about him.

https://www.thenation.com/article/yes-trumps-against-free-trade-that-doesnt-mean-hes-for-good-jobs/

N. Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, says he is not responsible for the murder of his half brother in Malaysia by a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ known as VX.  Two women at a Malaysia airport allegedly rubbed ‘something’ in the face of the victim — the women are in custody.  US Intel hasn’t figured out how Kim Jong Un got the VX (if he did) or how much he has or how else he intends to use it . . . posing grave concerns to US officials.

A DHS intel report rebuts DT’s core claims re: the Travel Ban.  DHS is telling DT that his ban is ‘way off.’  Will the WH ignore it’s own?

http://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/new-dhs-intel-report-challenges-trumps-travel-ban/

DT is “stoking emotion” without respects for facts.  Pundit:  There’s more chance of being killed by a toddler with a firearm than by a terrorist (in the USA).

DT is fighting against any institutional check on his power.  “This will not succeed in the long run — it never does.”  DT seems to be ‘at war’ with the NY Times.  Subscriptions to the NY Times are much higher than usual.

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https://www.federalregister.gov/

 

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