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Saturday, March 18, 2017

How Does Trump Get His News? (Seriously?)

Trump's Press Secretary and the total meltdown press conference this past Thursday afternoon.  

While responding to questions about Trump's "Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower" lie,
Spice read through an eight-minute prepared comment. The comments were laced with raw indications of how Donald Trump gets his news.

Spicer said:
Andy McCarthy, writing in National Review suggested quote, “From three reports from The Guardian, Heat Street and the New York Times, it appears the FBI has concerns about a private server in Trump Tower that was connected to one or two Russian banks.”

Spicer said

Heat Street describes these concerns as centering on quote “possible financial — and banking offenses.” I — this is his quote — “I italicized the word offenses because it denotes crimes. Ordinarily when crimes are suspected, there is a criminal investigation, not a national security investigation.”

Take a look at this page which Spicer quotes as a contributing source for Trump's Obama wiretap lie: Link. The site or page is a veritable Internet National Enquirer.

Spicer saves what he and the white House feels was the heavy blow. They saved the best for last.  He spoke of Fox News's Judge Andrew Napolitano in the context of Trump calling the "judge" as "talented mind".  When far right social media and Russia Today (RT. Com) become viable sources for a US president, it is clear the president is without question unfit for service int he Oval Office. 

Spice said.

Last on Fox News, on March 14th, Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, “Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What is that? It's the initials for the British intelligence finding agency. So, simply by having two people saying to them president needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump's conversations, involving president-elect Trump, he's able to get it and there's no American fingerprints on this. Putting the published accounts and common-sense together, this leads to a lot.”

Last night MSNBC's Chris Hayes broadcasts segment with a detailed exposition addressing credible possibilities on how Trump came to what is now an international crisis among supposed allies.  ALL IN, March 17, 2017: linked

Media Matters ran a piece this morning which offers yet another set of prospects on how Trump literally dumped himself into a credibility-destroying predicament.  

On March 13, Napolitano told hosts of Fox News’ Fox & Friends that Obama circumvented the American intelligence community to ask “the British spying agency” for “transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump” without “American fingerprints.” Napolitano’s claims were cited by White House press secretary Sean Spicer while defending Trump’s baseless claims that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election.

On March 14, Media Matters uncovered the link between Napolitano's claims and an interview Johnson gave to RT. The New York Times confirmed Media Matters' reporting that Napolitano used Johnson as “one of the sources” for his “claim about British intelligence.” The Times also noted Johnson’s direct involvement in spreading false rumors that video existed of Michelle Obama using a racial slur against white people. From the March 17 article:
Read more, here
If you did not visit the Media Matters link in the second paragraph above, here's a link to the RT segment with guest Larry C Johnston.  And, we embed the segment also:

Russia Today broadcast no segments nor covers any subject matter without express approval from the Kremlin (thus Putin's communications operatives).

Spicer said:
We go on. Sara Carter from the Circa reporting, “Intelligence professionals tell Circa News they were concerned that some of the Russian intelligence was spread through group briefings to a much larger than usual audience back in January. This would have happened during the final days of the Obama Administration, when it expanded Executive Order 12333, which allows and plays with a quote 'need to know' and further unfettered access to broad data stowed (stored) by the NSA.

“The new rules allow the NSA to share — quote — 'raw signals intelligence information, including the names of those involved in phone conversations and emails. The expansion of the order makes it difficult to narrow on the leaks and, frankly, it allows too many people access to the raw data, which only used to be available to a select few,' said a U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity and was not granted to be speak on the authority.”

On March 9th, Circa (a web page or site) of which I have never heard, published this piece.

These are Trump's new sources?  

Before introducing the Fox News Hannity reference above, Spicer went on an extended read regarding the New York Times and the potential scope of investigations surrounding the Trump campaign. 

All said Spicer's eight-minute read wasn't well received by credible journalist sitting in the front row of the press room.

Ultimately, we have now spent close to three weeks on a Trump lie Inspector Clouseau digression away from issues critical to the sovereignty of our nation.  In particular, the firing of the NYC City Federal prosecutor who was released after a promise of retention from the Trump camp last fall. Also, the stumbling and mumbling embarrassment of Jeff Sessions and his role of AG along with his lying before a Senate Committee. 


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