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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 06:47 PM

Trump Advocated White Nationalism With An "Indoor Voice," And Pundits Loved It - Media Matters

https://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/03/01/trump-advocated-white-nationalism-indoor-voice-and-pundits-loved-it/215509


After President Donald Trump gave a speech to joint members of Congress filled with exaggerations, lies, and policy plans that contained no specifics -- and in many cases were based on propagating fear about and demonizing immigrants -- the takeaway from pundits and talking heads was somehow that he sounded “presidential.”

That's how low the bar has been set. So low that because the president sounded like an adult for an hour and refrained from transparently attacking people of color, allies, or the press, media figures forgot the glaring abnormalities of Trump’s presidency thus far. To some in the media, the speech was a “reset” for the new president.

As soon as he finished speaking, the accolades from pundits began to roll in. Fox’s Chris Wallace said, “I feel like tonight, Donald Trump became the president of the United States.” ABC’s Alex Castellanos similarly said Trump “became president tonight. I think we saw the long-awaited pivot.” MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki claimed that Trump had “a more presidential tone, a more optimistic tone,” and Fox’s Chris Stirewalt said Trump “did sound like the president, look like the president, act like the president.” They weren’t the only ones.

It wasn’t just pundits on TV either. Newspaper headlines also lauded “a more temperate Trump,” his supposed “milder tones,” and his call for an “end to ‘trivial fights.’”

Essentially, the media set the bar so low for the speech that when Trump, the president of the United States, sounded like the president of the United States, it was lauded as a victory.

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Reply Trump Advocated White Nationalism With An "Indoor Voice," And Pundits Loved It - Media Matters (Original post)
Bill USA Mar 2017 OP
Eliot Rosewater Mar 2017 #1
Wellstone ruled Mar 2017 #2
BeckyDem Mar 2017 #3
Dark n Stormy Knight Mar 2017 #4
Nitram Mar 2017 #5
world wide wally Mar 2017 #6
Ghost of Tom Joad Mar 2017 #7
Bill USA Mar 2017 #8

Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 06:52 PM

1. Because we are pathetic people, mainly

We have two standards, cons can openly commit treason and this is OK, dems cant have a goofy laugh, let alone do anything remotely wrong ever.

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Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:00 PM

2. All those so called Media Persons

 

got Rick Rolled bigtime by the Master of Deceit. One of the main tenants of Journalism School is,do not get sucked in by the Interviewee.

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Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:39 PM

3. Most of those idiots helped him win for ratings.

Discerning msm? ha!

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Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 09:25 PM

4. Too many hoodwinked by the performance.

He's still the egomaniacal, greedy, bigoted, simple-minded, impulse-control-deficient, fraudster and bully he always was. He is still unfit and a national disgrace.

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Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Thu Mar 2, 2017, 10:12 AM

5. I heard a lot of doubts and negative reviews on NPR and in the Wash Post.

They all commented on his semi-adult behavior because it was out of character, but they also pointed out the extremely nasty rhetoric about immigrants. And I'm seeing TV clips on DU of even some conservative pundits expressing misgivings (I don't watch TV).

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Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Thu Mar 2, 2017, 10:55 AM

6. Most of them were very predictable

They were just itching for Trump to have a speech where he didn't throw monkey shit at the window. I would expect absolutely nothing less from Steve Kornacki and the likes.

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Response to Bill USA (Original post)

Thu Mar 2, 2017, 02:40 PM

7. A Face in the Crowd

the film I showed in my class yesterday, amazing how relevant a film from 1957 can be in today's world. If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it along with Network.

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Response to Ghost of Tom Joad (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 2, 2017, 05:18 PM

8. YES! Entertainer becomes a politician... and shows himself to be a very effective demagogue. Andy

Griffith's best acting!


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