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Trump v the media: did his tactics mortally wound the fourth estate?

The TV channels feasted on tweeted Trumpisms with an alacrity that many observers found disturbing. According to a study by mediaQuant, Trump benefited from the equivalent of $5.2bn worth of free airtime from earned media, a quantity that the firm’s analysts said was “almost surreal in sheer magnitude”. In return, cable channels enjoyed a massive ratings spike.

TV was convulsed by other controversies, notably CNN’s decision to employ Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski while he was still receiving “severance payments” from his old boss, and the embarrassment (also falling to CNN) of Democratic strategist Donna Brazile leaking questions from a town hall event in advance to the Clinton campaign. More red faces erupted at NBC when its Access Hollywood tape of Trump’s lewd comments about women was leaked to the Washington Post after the network appeared to dither over broadcasting it.

But these difficulties, humiliating at times though they were, pale in comparison with the overarching charge that TV – and to a lesser degree the press – was indiscriminate for far too long in its handling of Trump, engaging with him more like the Apprentice reality TV star that he was than the US president that he wanted to become. “During the primaries, cable news – in particular CNN and Fox, and to some extent MSNBC – gave Trump unhealthily generous, inflated coverage. That helped make him,” says Margaret Sullivan, media columnist of the Washington Post.

It takes someone with the on-the-ground experience of John Weaver, chief strategist to Trump’s rival John Kasich during the Republican primaries, to spell out the full impact of this media binge on the election. He believes it actively distorted the process, and even now, six months after Kasich dropped out of the race, you can still hear the fury in Weaver’s voice.

“I hope there’s some deep introspection at the networks and cable channels over the billions of dollars of free coverage they gave to Donald Trump, often without holding him accountable for his bizarre claims. He is judged by such a low standard by many of the news media, it’s troubling to me.”

Long but worth the read

There is no Alt-Right

It is the old white supremacy movement - neo-Nazis and KKK morons.

So when will Governor Transgender concede that he lost

the Governorship in North Carolina. This is priceless - these fuckers have no shame.
He lost by more than 8,000 votes

I have never seen Thanksgiving week dominated by anything like this

Don the Con circus.
He makes that North Korean twat look humble.

Don the Con and his family's grifting will make Lady Blah Blah

be confined to oblivion

At least twelve kids may have been killed in Tennessee school bus crash

Authorities say there are multiple fatalities in an elementary school bus crash, CBS Chattanooga affiliate WDEF reported.

Sources told WDEF that as many as 12 passengers may have been killed on Monday. Authorities say there are multiple fatalities but have not said a number. The bus was carrying students from kindergarten through grade 6.

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said 35 students were on board on the bus when it crashed, according to WDEF. The Chattanooga Fire Department’s Public Information Director, Bruce Garner, said in a tweet that 23 patients were taken to hospitals in ambulances.

Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol tweeted that children were both killed and injured:


Just Named - Tropical Storm now Hurricane Otto - the season's last lick??


He's been stationary for ages

from NOAA
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on
recently upgraded Tropical Storm Otto, located a few hundred
miles east of the coast of Nicaragua.

Say no to Jeff Sessions, the lying racist

Donald Trump’s nominee for US attorney general was once accused of calling a black official in Alabama a “nigger”, and then gave a false explanation to the US Senate when testifying about the allegation.
Trump picks Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Mike Pompeo for CIA chief
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Senator Jeff Sessions was said to have used the racist term in November 1981, when talking about the first black man to be elected as a county commissioner in Mobile, where Sessions was a Republican party official and a federal prosecutor.

Asked about the alleged remark five years later, during Senate hearings on his ill-fated nomination by President Ronald Reagan for a federal judgeship, Sessions denied saying it and claimed the alleged timing did not stand up to scrutiny.

“My point is there was not a black county commissioner at that time,” Sessions said, in response to questions from Joe Biden, then a senator for Delaware. “The black was only elected later.”

But this was not true. Public records show Douglas Wicks had become the first black person elected to one of Mobile’s three county commission seats in September 1980 – more than a year before Sessions allegedly referred to him using the racist term.
More at link - good read

Draft-dodging runs in their veins -Historian finds German decree banishing Trump's grandfather

A historian has discovered a royal decree issued to Donald Trump’s grandfather ordering him to leave Germany and never come back.

Friedrich Trump, a German, was issued with the document in February 1905, and ordered to leave the kingdom of Bavaria within eight weeks as punishment for having failed to do mandatory military service and failing to give authorities notice of his departure to the US when he first emigrated in 1885.
Kallstadt, Germany: on the trail of 'the Donald' in the Trump ancestral home
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Roland Paul, a historian from Rhineland-Palatinate who found the document in local archives, told the tabloid Bild: “Friedrich Trump emigrated from Germany to the USA in 1885. However, he failed to de-register from his homeland and had not carried out his military service, which is why the authorities rejected his attempt at repatriation.”

The decree orders the “American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump” to leave the area “at the very latest on 1 May ... or else expect to be deported”. Bild called the archive find an “unspectacular piece of paper”, that had nevertheless “changed world history”.

Trump was born in Kallstadt, now in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, in 1869. He emigrated to the US aged 16 initially to escape poverty, attracted by the gold rush.

Document at link

I'll be watching the American Music Awards too see what Jay Pharoah

has to say about Don the Con
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