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Showing posts with label CNN Jake Tapper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CNN Jake Tapper. Show all posts

Sunday, April 15, 2018

RNC Chair Talking Head Blues

Image result for RNC CHAIRFormer FBI director Jim Comey is about to publish a book about his demise  (or experience) under the persecution of Donald Trump. While the book is due to hit the Internet and bookshelves this coming Tuesday, copies have been given to media. Apparently, the Trump Administration also has a copy or copies because the spin machine and the counter the book talking points are flying like Trump's combover while boarding Air Force One.

If you missed a recent CNN interview of the current RNC Chairperson you missed a class talking head fumble. She commented about the phoniness of Comey's book despite not having read even a passage from the book. classic talking memo promulgation. (video below)
The Jake Tapper segment video.
Talking Head Blues.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Trumpism (Hannity, Vicente Fox, Maddow, The New York Times)

As I watched the Rachel Maddow /show last night, and as you may have watched, she interrupted the planned flow of her show for a breaking segment. The New York times reported last night that Mike Flynn told Trump and company he was under FBI investigation before Trump appointed Flynn to head the NNational Security Council.

Here is the post-commercial break segment. It is less than three minutes in duration as I am certain MSNBC producers chose to restrict their comment and reporting to what the New York Times reported. 

Earlier in the day, Trump literally hijacked a US Coast Guard commencement service with classic Trump narcissism and defensive posturing. How very crass!  

The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case.
Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser. The job gave Mr. Flynn access to the president and nearly every secret held by American intelligence agencies.
Mr. Flynn’s disclosure, on Jan. 4, was first made to the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel. That conversation, and another one two days later between Mr. Flynn’s lawyer and transition lawyers, shows that the Trump team knew about the investigation of Mr. Flynn far earlier than has been previously reported.
Read more linked above

Though somewhat unrelated, I cannot help but involved a few items related to Trumpism. First, Jake Tapper's on-camera retort toTrumps silly whine of yesterday. One item is from the former President of Mexico; the other item is from the nation's number one Trump radio and TV mouthpiece Sean (fake video) Hannity.

CNN's Jake Tapper offered a pretty good response to Trump's childish whining.

He whined like a sleepy toddler upset about dropping his pacifier from his won mouth.

Lying Hannity

Vincente Fox
The Trump reality show is providing far more entertainment for his sycophant supporters than they could have imagined.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

George W. Bush Did Not Keep Us Safe

9/11: What Bush knew

Donald Trumps latest attack against a Republican rival was directed at a past president who (knowing Trump) was an indirect salvo against candidate Jeb Bush. 

During an interview this past Friday, the inimitable carnival barker chose to answer a question regarding national emergencies as such:


We can rest assured the comment was not an inadvertent truism from Trump. It was as strategic an enticement as any campaign tactic Trump has deployed since joining the 2016 run for the GP nomination. You already know how Jeb Bush responded to the "bait and hook" Trump tactic; in case you don't know here you are....

How pathetic for @realdonaldtrump to criticize the president for 9/11. We were attacked & my brother kept us safe.
Of course, you know the GOP "Twitter King" immediately responded:

No @JebBush, you’re pathetic for saying nothing happened during your brother’s term when the World Trade Center was attacked and came down.
As the Twitter war transpired, it seems someone in a position to mold Trump's oratory (albeit it temporarily) must have reached the 'barker' with a cease and desist. Trump reacted to impromptu questions about his comments and Jeb Bush's retort in a most uncharacteristic manner; he refused to open his mouth for the first time since June of this year. 

As today is Sunday with news shows across the full television channel spectrum. You had to know CNN would book Jeb Bush for additional comment.  Let's face it, Sunday is not a full Sabbath without media "gotchas." 

Jeb Bush has established himself as the least verbally gifted of all GOP candidates. His appearance on CNN, re-established his serious shortcoming when responding to media hosts or reporters.

Jake Tapper and Jeb Bush.

AddictingInfo's Sarah offers a transcript analysis of a portion of the interview.

Sitting down on Sunday with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union, Jeb continued his narrative in defense of his brother. Tapper was very quick to point out his obvious loyalty towards his brother, and the mindboggling hypocrisy in regards to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya and how Jeb insists Hillary Clinton handled things improperly.
After Jeb kept going on and on about his brother, Tapper asked:
“Obviously Al Qaeda was responsible for the terrorist attack of 9/11, but how do you respond to critics who ask, if your brother and his administration bear no responsibility at all, how do you then make the jump that President Obama and Secretary Clinton are responsible for what happened at Benghazi?”
Which, quite literally left Jeb speechless, leaving CNN with dead air time for a couple of seconds. Finally, mustering something up, Jeb began in his reply, stuttering:
“Well I — the question on Benghazi which, is hopefully we’ll now finally get the truth to, is was the place secure? They had a responsibility, the Department of State, to have proper security. There were calls for security, it looks like they didn’t get it. And how was the response in the aftermath of the attack, was there a chance that these four American lives could have been saved? That’s what the investigation is about, it’s not a political issue. It’s not about the broad policy issue, is were we doing the job of protecting our embassies and our consulates and during the period, those hours after the attack started, could they have been saved?”
Basically, a complete non-answer, not at all answering Tapper regarding hypocrisy.
Tapper, quick to notice this non-answer and continuing of the same narrative he’s been spouting, asks:
“Well that’s, that’s kind of proving the point of the critics I was just asking about, because you don’t want to have your brother bear responsibility for 9/11 and I understand that argument and Al Qaeda’s responsible, but why are the terrorists not the ones who are responsible for these attacks in Libya?”
Jeb, still unable to come up with something coherent, says:
“They are, of course they are but — of course they are, but if the ambassador was asking for additional security and didn’t get it, that’s a proper point and if it’s proven that the security was adequate compared to other embassies, fine, we’ll move on.”
Still, he never answered Tapper’s question, because either way you look at it, no matter how Jeb answers it, he’s going to make himself look bad.

The Jeb Bush quagmire continues to snare the candidate as thoroughly as a law enforcement (Cop) speed trap at month's end. Bush continues to tread in an area most in  the GOP have little to no interest in pursuing: "he kept us safe." 

Two key points. First, reports have it Bush and his security team ignored warnings of Osama bin Laden's interest in reaching big targets in the US. The INTEL reports included information on foreign nationals enrolled in large aircraft flying lessons with no interest in takeoff and landing instruction. It was also reported the Bush security team ignored warnings within one month of 9/11. 

Another consideration is insider reports of Bush's personal indifference to any information that appears to lead away counter to his interest "getting" Saddam Hussein. 

White House insider Paul O'Neill with Time Magazine in 2004:

From his first meeting with the President, O'Neill found Bush unengaged and inscrutable, an inside account far different from the shiny White House brochure version of an unfailing leader questioning aides with rapid-fire intensity. The two met one-on-one almost every week, but O'Neill says he had trouble divining his boss's goals and ideas. Bush was a blank slate rarely asking questions or issuing orders, unlike Nixon and Ford, for whom O'Neill also worked. "I wondered from the first, if the President didn't know the questions to ask," O'Neill says in the book, "or if he did know and just not want to know the answers? Or did his strategy somehow involve never showing what he thought? But you can ask questions, gather information and not necessarily show your hand. It was strange." In larger meetings, Bush was similarly walled off. Describing top-level meetings, O'Neill tells Suskind that during the course of his two years the President was "like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people."
 No, George W. Bush did not "keep us safe."

Additional reading from Salon: