The Pardu

The Pardu
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"He Knew What He Signed Up For"

The context is disturbing.

As we move away from the ambush deaths of four US Army  Special Forces troops in Niger, it is critical to note the US President has once again offered up a dose of insensitivity, callousness and an exhibition of indifference uncommon from a Commander-In-Chief

While responding to a question form the Rose Garden press corp Trump offered a lie based assertion that other US Presidents may have been lax in contacting the families of US troops killed in action. Within seconds Trump backtracked on his initial lie.  

Should we responded with astonishment when we read reports Trump's call to the wife of one of the dead soldiers included typical Trump indifference to our armed forces?

Let's explore Trump's call for a bit. 

The family of the dead soldier arrived at the site of her husbands arriving body after a call from Trump which took place via cell phone in the apparently on speakerphone. 

Sgt. La David T. Johnson

Myeshia Johnson and her daughter

Trump told his widow, who was in a car heading to the airport with her family and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens, that “he knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway,” according to Wilson, who heard the call on speakerphone in the car.
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson has sat for interviews on a few early morning news shows.  The following is her segment on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Of course, Trump responded to disavow along with a claim of proof.

“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”
Trump has a method of deflecting away from issues with which he is challenged with a refrain which disputes his claim of proof. One such example available via this link:   Donald Trump: I have proof Jersey residents celebrated 9/11 attacks ...

Within weeks of occupying the Oval Office, Trump awakened the world with a claim Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States had his Trump Tower phones wiretapped He issued the false claim with " I have proof." It should be noted the department of Justice immediately stated the accusation had no merit. A deeper investigation yielded a final result that Trump's comments were not accurate. Link.

Two things stand out about Trump's proclamations and messaging when he is cornered. He frequently offers one of the following: "I have proof", "that's what I have been told", or "believe me."  Of course, we hear the later far more than the " have proof" as "Believe me is often a closing comment after Trump has issued a classic Trumpism lie.  

While we do not yet know which side of the story is the absolute truth, as the family has indicated Trump certainly disrespected the family and come in the car have specifically stated Trump didn't know the deceased soldier's name, we do know one thing for sure.

Take 38 seconds an watch the nonverbals. This man is lying. Tight arm fold, no waving hands et al.

Trump's "believe me?" 

No, we do not believe him.


John McCain And Fox News's "Dumb Question"

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"Dumb Question" reporter and his father.
Yes, you recognize the father.

Last night's MSNBC News (talk) sows were nothing shy of stellar reporting and host opining.  Starting with Ari Melber's The Beat and finishing with a really great set of segments on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams, the network offered real journalism and professional commentary. Even if you are an on the fence voter (AKA independent) you would have to possess a deep hatred of liberalism (AKA progressivism) to find the shows null and "fake news."

Since the networks segments can run a bit long, I have posted a segment from Lawrence O'Donnell's The Last Word.  The segment relates to political criticism and Trump's kerfuffle with John McCain while offering a glimpse into the difference between professional news reporting (questions) and propaganda laden smut questioning from the GOP Communication and Propaganda network (Fox News).  O'Donnell offers a copious amount of commentary prior to running the question of McCain via MSNBC's reporter and the Fox News reporter. The Fox News reporter seemed to be the son of well known early morning host Steve Doocy.

Also, notice how McCain took the Fox News reporter to the journalistic woodshed and administered a lashing. The lashing hit home as you will notice the reporter's jaw tighten and flinch as McCain takes him to the credible journalism shed. 

McCain has just spoken about how he is above Trump's name-calling and non-productive talk and stated his willingness to work with Trump. Why would the Fox News reporter totally ignore McCain's just delivered comment with a question obviously developed and given to the reporter by Fox News producers?  

A couple of non-surprises: A dumb question from Fox News is like a Rabbit with oversized ears: of course.  Also, would anyone expect any level of a quesiotsn from the son of Steve Doocy which wouldn't be a dumb question?