It’s Time For Media and Liberals to Stop Helping Trump Win

It is curious that a fair number of Americans claim to detest Donald Trump like plague, and yet they are at the forefront of promoting him and his agenda due to their obsession with his social media activities. By now everyone on the planet knows Trump is an incompetent fool and a mentally unstable narcissist, so it is mind boggling that so many allegedly “smart” people hang on his every social media action and then share his message with the world. It is something he depends and thrives on and uses to his advantage.

Early on in Trump’s tenure a few pundits and some relatively intelligent people said it would be helpful if Americans would just ignore Trump’s Twitter tirades and not give the petulant little child the attention he craves.  Finally, one of those “smart guys” made an easy to understand graphic titled “A Taxonomy of Trump Tweets” explaining how Trump uses Twitter to his advantage and how the media is complicit in giving Trump the messaging advantage.

The “smart guy” is a real academic who has spent years explaining exactly how a tyrannical maniac like Trump could easily garner support in America among a certain group of people. They are the kind of people who need a strong daddy figure to tell them how, what, and when to think, and who to turn to for the solution to all their perceived ills.

George Lakoff was describing a “Trump-like” personage ages ago and he has once again taken the time to inform Americans, especially those in mainstream media and active on social media, how they are complicit in helping Trump’s strategy by repeating his messages.

Mr. Lakoff knows of what he speaks as an acclaimed Professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He recently put his expertise to work outlining the “four ways that the president Trump uses his tweets to control the news cycle.” Lakoff took to Trump’s favorite media outlet, Twitter, to inform journalists and social media devotees how “Trump uses social media as a weapon to control the news cycle. It works like a charm. His tweets are tactical rather than substantive. They mostly fall into one of four categories.”

The categories begin with “preemptive framing;” such as promoting the idea that the “hacking of the DNC” was the DNC’s fault and that Hillary Clinton “lost by a wide margin.” Both claims are false, but with valuable assistance from the media and Democrats “retweeting” Trump’s lies, he was wildly successful “framing and promoting an idea” with no basis in fact. Both of those ideas still resonate with his base of support because “real media” types kept his false assertions in the news for months.

Trump has survived thus far using another strategy, “diversion,” to shift attention away from his corruption and incompetence as well as his Russia problems. It is a tactic he was busy using throughout the 2016 campaign continuing to the present. Mr. Lakoff referred to Trump attacking a Hollywood icon, Meryl Streep, in a tweet two weeks prior to his poorly attended inauguration to enrage Americans and shift their attention away from the reporting on his personal conflicts of interest and his administration’s Russia-collusion problems.

A related scheme, “deflection” has been a mainstay of Trump’s Twitter strategy and an integral part of his administration’s messaging, especially when dealing with any unflattering or factual media reporting. A perfect example is what Lakoff noted was “attacking the messenger” to reframe a story to benefit Trump. By attacking the media as “fake news” Trump not only “erodes public trust,”  he “establishes Trump as the only source of truth and facts.” Trump began calling any media outlet that reported truthfully “fake news” early in his campaign and it was so successful he has had no reason to stop now.

The last category is what Mr. Lakoff calls the “trial balloon” to test the media and public’s reaction to an idea; such as his public flirtation with starting a new nuclear arms race or an actual American nuclear first strike. In fact, Mr. Lakoff noted that Trump’s “big nuclear” button tweet was another “trial balloon which Trump deployed spectacularly.”

Professors Lakoff explained on Twitter that:

Each tweet gets his message retweeted so he dominates social media. Reporters, social media influencers, and many others fall for it hook, line, and sinker. Every time…They may think they’re negating or undermining him, but that’s not how human brains work. As a cognitive scientist, I can tell you: Repeating his messages only helps him.”

Lakoff explained that repeating his tweets are helping “embed Trump’s message into the brains of millions of people, increase his credibility with his base,” and focus all attention on Trump as if “he is the most important thing in the world.”

As this author has preached since last November, Trump’s Twitter activity needs to be completely ignored. Or at least as Professor Lakoff suggested; “take a different approach to Trump’s social media antics” and “put them in a quiet corner of the newspaper like a throwaway item at the end of the newscast.

Professor Lakoff said one thing that cannot be overstated. Instead of being captivated by Trump’s social media activity, Americans should be “keeping a steely focus on what actually matters.”

Honest to dog, it is a travesty that many Americans are still unaware that their government is being dismantled, Republicans are transferring the Treasury and wealth of the nation to the richest one-percent, and religious Republicans are in the midst of a monumental assault on women and gays. It is not that these stories are being neglected; it is that too many Americans are focused on the latest tweet from what Lakoff said is “this disgraceful man” who dominates the media.

At this point, no media outlet or journalist has to use Trump’s “Twitter” outrages to portray him as “childish or deranged,” and the same is true of social media devotees. Of course Trump is a screaming lunatic, but spreading his insanity across social media is not “negating or undermining him.” It just emboldens him and makes him appear to be the most important thing on Earth. It also feeds his narcissistic need to dominate social media and the current news cycle; it is why he never fails to unleash something bizarre at the beginning of every weekend to keep his name in the news.

Mr. Lakoff makes many good points, but none better than “we must stop letting Trump control the media — and Americans’ minds.” While Trump dominates every stinking new cycle because the media is laser focused on his twitter activity, Republicans are raping and pillaging the nation and the government with little to no public outrage or media coverage. What is particularly appalling is that while Americans, and the media, are enthralled with Trump’s latest Twitter activity, Republicans are viciously attacking women’s rights for the evangelical fanatics in league with the Vatican.

It has now been nearly two years since Trump became “a thing” of interest for the media and they have made him the most important story on Earth based on “tweets.” It is damned high time for journalists, the media at large, and “social media influencers” to grow up, focus on how Republicans and religion are destroying America and for dog’s sake stop helping Trump win the media war.

Trump’s Deputy Press Secretary Joins the Administration Liars Club

Nobody likes a liar for myriad reasons, but chief among them is that no sane human being wants to be around or associated with a person that can’t be trusted, is dishonest, and will break all ethical rules and societal norms for profit to themselves. Of course there are always imbeciles that embrace liars and it explains exactly why Trump still has support among the gullible class. It is also why he has such a devout following among the evangelical crowd; they believe absurd archaic mythology at about the same rate they believe Trump’s lies; even though his lies are easily debunked.

After former F.B.I.  Director James B. Comey testified in front of the Senate under oath and told the truth about the Trump, he was tickled at the idea that Trump may have tape recordings of the meetings he had with, as Vox noted, “the bullshitter-in-chief.” In fact, when the subject of White House tapes came up during his testimony and interrogation by the senators, Mr. Comey said, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes;” he knew they would show what everyone already knows, that Trump is a liar. Of course Donald Trump is a dirty pathological liar and the Senate Republicans know it as well as the White House “principle” deputy press-secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders does.

Despite knowing Trump lies at the same rate most humans draw breath, Huckabee Sanders revealed that she is nearly as pathological a liar as her boss deceitful Don. During a press briefing after Comey’s Senate testimony a reporter asked Huckabee Sanders; “does the president lie?” She said:

No, I can definitely say the president is not a liar. I think it’s frankly insulting that that question would be asked.”

What’s insulting to anyone with an IQ over 34 is that Huckabee Sanders actually thinks any American is going to believe “the president is not a liar” when there are literally hundreds of glaring lies and as many “not fake news” revelations that dishonest Don Trump is a very proficient pathological liar.

Now everyone in American knows that Trump’s “principle deputy press secretary” Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a liar too.

However, it is likely that if she didn’t emulate Trump, his family, his inner circle and no small number of his cabinet members in the Trump liars club, she would not have a job. Still, that doesn’t give her a pass for treating the American people and members of the press as if they are as stupid as Trump to fall for a bald-faced lie about a lying liar like her boss two-faced Trump.

There are websites devoted to listing Trump’s lies, and several media outlets are frantically attempting to keep the Trump lie list updated; it is a full-time task with this bunch of liars. But instead of going through, literally, hundreds of Trump lies, there are a couple that are so glaring it makes one wonder why the mythological god of the Christian  bible didn’t smite Huckabee Sanders with a proper Old Testament plague right in plain view of the press and on camera.

Huckabee Sanders, and the entire nation, knows damn well that Trump lied when the question of releasing his tax returns from previous years was raised throughout the campaign and since the election. First Trump said he would release them “later.” Then after the election his acolyte said “No, he’s not going to release them – he won.”

Then there’s  Trump’s bullshit lie, the one he told a hundred or so times during the campaign, that he couldn’t legally release his tax returns because he was being audited by the I.R.S.; that dirty lie was swiftly debunked by no less a tax expert than the Director of the Internal Revenue Service. This “release the tax returns” cry was, and still is, a national issue and yet Huckabee Sanders said it’s “frankly insulting” that anyone would question Trump’s veracity. Huckabee Sanders is a typical Trump administration liar.

The “principle” deputy press secretary also knows that Trump pledged to completely separate himself from the Trump organization business, a dirty lie, and then verified he was lying by pledging to donate all “Trump business’s  emolument money” he earned to charity.

First, Trump still has total control over his business empire and Huckabee knows it or the issue of “donating his organization’s emolument earnings” to charity would have never entered tiny-hands Trump’s pea-brain. And then in yet another related lie, Trump recently said he can’t possibly donate “emolument money his businesses earn” to charity because it’s simply way too hard and far too complicated; a familiar refrain from the Oval Office oaf.

Both issues have been raging in the press and all manner of media since the election, and particularly as of late; so it is impossible that a White House “principle deputy press secretary” would not know that dirty Donnie “definitely” is a liar; so is Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The Trump administration is full of liars and as this author has said before, it must be a hard and fast rule that lying is not only acceptable, it is a requirement to work in the Trump administration. Mike Pence lied through his teeth on more than one occasion about Michael Flynn’s connections with Russia and Turkey. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also lied under oath before the Senate, a federal crime, during his confirmation hearings. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price all sat before the Senate and committed perjury under oath. And they lied with impunity because this is Trump’s America and in his corrupt administration committing perjury, like treason, is not only acceptable, it is rewarded.

There is a good reason why James Comey carefully documented every meeting he had with Trump and he didn’t hesitate to tell the Senate; he didn’t trust Trump because he knows he is dishonest and a serial liar. Now the country knows that Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a liar like Trump, Pence, DeVos, Pruitt, Kushner, Mnuchin, Price, Sessions and likely the great majority of Trump’s inner circle.

That old saying that “you are the company you keep” may explain why Huckabee Sanders blatantly lied in front of the press, but it is more likely that she has always been a liar according to the ease at which she feigned being “insulted” that anyone would question Trump’s honesty. She certainly earned her stripes and qualifies as a member in good standing in Trump’s liars club; a distinction that most human beings would avoid at any cost.

 

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