Doesn’t Add Up

The President’s proposed budget seems to prioritize national security over pretty much everything else. We examine how the lowest-income Americans could be affected, and what's missing from the media debate. Also, how the White House might be manipulating data to forecast unrealistic economic growth, and why the Congressional Budget Office is so central to the American legislative process. Plus, how Wikileaks played the media with the recent CIA data dump. 

Fox & Friends Thinks Shirts That Say ‘Journalism Matters’ are ‘Anti-Trump’

The bar for television news was lowered once again Tuesday with a brief Fox & Friends news segment criticizing media companies for selling clothing with “anti-Trump rhetoric.”

“Media bias on full display,” inveighed Fox anchor Heather Childers. “Newspapers now cashing in on T-shirts splashed with anti-President Trump rhetoric. The Washington Post offering this shirt which says ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness,’ the LA Times selling shirts that says ‘Journalism Matters’ and the Chicago Tribune’s feature the line ‘Speaking Truth to Power Since 1847.’ The shirts being sold for about 20 bucks.”

Noteworthy in this segment was the fact that none of the shirts appeared to actually talk about Trump at all. “Democracy Dies in Darkness” — if overwrought — is now on the masthead of every single edition of the Washington Post. And if anyone thinks lines like “Journalism Matters” and “Speaking Truth Continue reading "Fox & Friends Thinks Shirts That Say ‘Journalism Matters’ are ‘Anti-Trump’"

Judah Friedlander Calls For the Mainstream Media to Apologize For Election Results

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Judah Friedlander is no fan of President Donald Trump‘s, and he’s made it clear how he feels on social media:

Today, he tweeted blaming the mainstream media, in part, for Trump’s victory and has called on them to apologize:

Ever since Trump won, lots of people who didn’t want him in office have been looking for where to place blame for his win and subsequent presidency, so this is nothing new.

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Buckle Up America: Trump is Our Berlusconi and We Are All Italians Now

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Earlier this month, President Donald Trump addressed members of the United States Navy from aboard the U.S.S. Gerald Ford. Ditching his usual suit and tie (and scotch tape) for a naval jacket, the president reiterated his promise for large increases in military spending. The performance was somewhere between George W. Bush’s Mission Accomplished speech and the Michael Dukakis tank.

In truth however, the Donald Trump show which began in June 2015 evokes neither Bush or Dukakis or, for that matter, any previous figure in American politics. Trump is the American Silvio Berlusconi. In both bluster and brashness and acute political skill, the rise of the Italian magnate offers both a tantalizing analogue of our times and a roadmap for where things may be headed.

The character and governing similarities between Trump and Berlusconi are striking. Both are billionaires who have been dogged by claims of womanizing. Trump had his Continue reading "Buckle Up America: Trump is Our Berlusconi and We Are All Italians Now"

‘Russia/Trump Story is Fake News’: Hannity Rails Against ‘Alt Left Propaganda’ and ‘Never Trump Idiots’

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Over the weekend, Fox News host Sean Hannity got into a Twitter fight with LGBT advocate and actor Chaz Bono over the WikiLeaks CIA release and Hannity’s comments following the document dump. While Hannity eventually wrapped up his battled with Bono, he decided to end the weekend with a flourish by lashing out at the media in general.

Around midnight last night, the conservative firebrand and fervent Donald Trump defender unleashed a series of tweets (complete with random capitalization) in which he railed against both “alt left” media and “never Trump idiots,” taking specific issue with National Review.

Trump Warns ‘Rude’ Media in New Tweet: ‘Be Nice’

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President Trump got back on Twitter on Monday morning, where he once again decided to tweet against his favorite enemy: the media.

It is possible that Trump was watching the morning news shows today, because the president said he was displeased by how his spokespeople get treated by the press.

Trump’s tweet came after his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared on multiple morning shows, where she faced scrutiny over her defense of the president’s claims that Trump Tower was wiretapped. This comes after Trump unfollowed Morning Joe anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Twitter after several weeks of critical discussions about his presidency.

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Sean Spicer and Journalists Think Trump Lying About Employment Numbers is Funny — It’s Not Funny

During Friday’s televised White House press briefing with Sean Spicer, CNBC reporter Eamon Javers asked the Press Secretary about jobs.

“In the past the president has referred to particular job reports as phony or totally fiction,” said Javers. “Does the president believe that this jobs report was accurate and a fair way to measure the economy.”

A wide smile came over Spicer’s lips.

“I talked to the president prior to this and he told me to quote him very clearly. They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.”

Spicer and the press corps then enjoyed a hearty laugh. The only problem, however, is that it’s not very funny.

First, without offering any further context, Spicer’s breezy dismissal of the question was a tacit admission that Trump had indeed lied when he trashed good employment news during the Continue reading "Sean Spicer and Journalists Think Trump Lying About Employment Numbers is Funny — It’s Not Funny"