The Pardu

The Pardu
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Showing posts with label Trump Russia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trump Russia. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sean Spicer States He Hasn't Talked To Trump About Russia

We know White House pressed "talkers' are handed scripts for their occasional appearances before the White House press corp. Despite the Trump communications model which includes gagged and non-responsive public talkers. But, what took place today as Sean Spicer came back to cameras and microphones after yesterday no cameras/no audio blackout, his appearance reinforced perceptions of a Trump authorized liar or Trump doesn't give one damn about any matters related to Russian election subterfuge.

Spice was asked a straight forward questions about Trump's thoughts on Russian interference in the 2016 elections. He was exhorted to offer a yes or no response, but as is always the case with any presser why bother with asking for a "yes" or "no".

Spicer responded as follows.
"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing. Obviously, we've been dealing with a lot of other issues today," Spicer told reporters at his daily press briefing.

Many Americans are coming around to the reality the Trump regime is a regime imbued with vestiges of totalitarians (including stifling the press and media). Yet, we should all, as Americans, have the right to feel occupants of the White House are offering straightforward and honest communication. While all administrations hire spokespeople to deliver messages which are self-preserving and bias to the Oval Office, Trump's model verges on an aversion to openness with well cast shadows of deceit.

When coupled with public statements about possible eliminating offering press briefings or following Sean Hannity's suggestions to close the White House Press Office, the rational person cannot help but wonder about GOP commitment to the US Constitution. The crafters of the Constitution took great are to support a free press as a guard against tyranny.

It is important to recall Former FBI Director Comey stated during his nine visits with Trump was never asked about, nor partook in discussion of Russia.

Now, that is a problem.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

GOP Talking Head Challenged (VIDEO)

I once read an article written by a writer in the home state of the GOP's Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). I walked away from the piece with to clear mental images. 

First Blackburn has yet to meet a camera she doesn't find appealing. As a former beauty contestant, it seems her fantasy of never-ending attractiveness is an existential reality. She is mistaken beyond explanation. 

Another point was Blackburn penchant for mouthiness. I totally agree. The one thing that is common among all GOP and conservative talking heads is their devotion to on-camera interviews strategy akin to the technique Mitt Romney used against Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential Debates. Romney successfully, without question, Gish Galloped Obama into a first debate loss. Fortunately, the wily and ever-present competent Obama and his team prepared for the next debate; Romey never won another debate.

If you are a person who watches cable news you ay have noticed the use of the technique tweaked for use against TV hosts. You have seen the technique may be without recognition when you see conservatives guess (surrogates, pundits et al) on cable news shows talking incessantly without a pause. Incessant comment without a spouse isn't the critical issue. The issue is the talking heads know reach news segment has hard start and end times. They know the host generally can not extend the length of a segment and must follow direction from the booth to end the segment If the Gish Galloping talking head refuses to allow other points of view or refuses to allow the host to adequately performance a productive interview.  

Marsha Blackburn is the supreme Gish Galloper.  MSNBC's Chuck Todd must have prepared well for the babbling nonsensical Blackburn.

Crooks & Liars

Chuck Todd Scolds Marsha Blackburn Over Russia: 'Where Is The Urgency?'

Chuck Todd's interview with Rep. Marsha Blackburn started with a bang right out of the gate when he began with a question to her about James Comey's testimony yesterday and Russia. Chuck Todd was trying to get some idea of how Blackburn (and Congressional Republicans) feel about Russian interference in our election by mentioning Comey's emotional…