How Trump’s phony Mexico trade deal duped the press


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Donald Trump lies about everything. So why do newsrooms still assume he’s telling the truth, especially when he unveils grand initiatives? On Friday, Trump claimed he had reached a landmark last-minute immigration deal with Mexico, which meant he no longer had to impose the tariffs he had been threatening, part of his incoherent southern-border policy. And the press, at least for the first 24 hours, went along with the charade, producing White House-friendly headlines that suggested Trump had staved off an economic crisis. But the deal turned out to be a joke. Question: Why do journalists keep making the same egregious mistake of trusting Trump?

The fact that Trump’s grand Mexico announcement fell apart shouldn’t be a surprise, since the president has shown himself to be a committed liar who will falsify all kinds of information. The challenge then becomes: How does the press treat a president who is a habitual

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Fact-checking Democrats in the age of chronic Trump lies


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At the outset of his presidency, several major news outlets eagerly and proudly announced that they were going to fact-check Donald Trump’s every utterance and document all the misinformation he was spreading. To their credit, news organizations set aside considerable resources to dutifully unpack Trump’s “falsehoods,” as the press preferred to call them. The unspoken assumption was that as the detailed fact checks piled up and it became obvious to everyone that Trump so often wasn’t telling the truth, he would feel shame or embarrassment and change his ways, and that members of his own party would likely be unwilling to defend his chronic mendacity.

Boy, that didn’t work out, did it? It didn’t work because, of course, Trump is utterly shameless. As a pathological liar, he doesn’t care if he gets fact-checked, and he doesn’t care if his claims are immediately debunked. He doesn’t care because he wants to

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Fact-checking Democrats in the age of chronic Trump lies


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At the outset of his presidency, several major news outlets eagerly and proudly announced that they were going to fact-check Donald Trump’s every utterance and document all the misinformation he was spreading. To their credit, news organizations set aside considerable resources to dutifully unpack Trump’s “falsehoods,” as the press preferred to call them. The unspoken assumption was that as the detailed fact checks piled up and it became obvious to everyone that Trump so often wasn’t telling the truth, he would feel shame or embarrassment and change his ways, and that members of his own party would likely be unwilling to defend his chronic mendacity.

Boy, that didn’t work out, did it? It didn’t work because, of course, Trump is utterly shameless. As a pathological liar, he doesn’t care if he gets fact-checked, and he doesn’t care if his claims are immediately debunked. He doesn’t care because he wants to

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Here we go again: The campaign press is obsessing over white working-class Trump voters


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As 2020 campaign coverage shifts into high gear, the press is already reviving a beloved 2016 storyline: White working-class voters from Midwest, and specifically men, are the voters who matter most.

There’s the collection of blue-collar Trump supporters; the interviews conducted inside roadside diners and saloons; and the plainspoken oaths of loyalty offered up to the president. The trusty props are all being dusted off for the 2020 campaign season, as journalists document Trump’s “tight bond” with Midwestern working-class voters. In recent weeks, The New York Times alone has published fresh looks at white blue-collar Trump voters from Colfax and Osseo, Wisconsin, and from Lordstown and Youngstown, Ohio.

The recent flood of coverage actually hangs on an interesting news hook, which is that Trump’s incoherent trade tariffs are making life difficult for so many of his Midwestern supporters, particularly farmers who overwhelmingly supported him in 2016. Trump won Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin

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Picks of the Week: Our favorite stories from the Daily Kos Community


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Last weekend, we introduced a new weekly “Staff Picks” series, where your fearless Daily Kos staffers chose their favorite diary written during the week. Folks around here seemed to like it well enough, but commenters durrati and Krotor made the very, very smart suggestion that we should expand the series to feature Community writers, too!

(actual footage from Thursday’s Daily Kos staff meeting)

Ask and you shall receive, dear readers. 

In no particular order, we lovingly present some of the Community diaries that really stuck with us this week. We know we’ve got some of the best writers on the web in the Daily Kos Community, and it’s a joy to show off some of them here.

Grab a snack and check them out … and be sure to come back next week for more.

View from the Left: Media shifts from ‘But her emails’ in 2016 to ‘But Pelosi’ in 2018


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We are in the midst of watching the collective Washington media commit journalistic malpractice all over again this election cycle, with Nancy Pelosi taking over Hillary Clinton’s starring role as their lead obsession while they give the GOP a virtual pass. In 2016, Donald Trump broke nearly every norm imaginable, from not releasing his taxes, to proposing a ban on people of certain religions from entering the country, to never really even bothering to lay out a cohesive platform beyond, “I alone can fix it.” But it was Hillary’s emails that captured that imaginations of political journalists and dominated the media scape, according to a meticulous study of press coverage reported on last year by Columbia Journalism Review.

In just six days, The New York Times ran as many cover stories about Hillary Clinton’s emails as they did about all policy issues combined in the 69 days leading up to the election…

During that

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350 newspapers run editorials against Trump’s press attacks. Now, about their news coverage …


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Hundreds of newspapers across the country ran editorials Thursday pushing back on Donald Trump’s slur against the media as the “enemy of the people.” These are the very same newspapers that offer a litany of mealymouthed excuses for not labeling Trump’s lies as lies and helped put him in the White House by focusing on imaginary Hillary Clinton scandals while ignoring real Trump scandals, but now that he’s openly campaigning against the free press, they are bringing the weight of their editorial pages, if not their news coverage, to push back.

The Miami Herald wrote that “If one first comes successfully for the press as an ‘enemy of the American People,’ what stops someone for coming next for your friends? Your family? Or you?” According to the Des Moines Register, “The true enemies of the people—and democracy—are those who try to suffocate truth by vilifying and demonizing the

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The limits of shame and outrage


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Last Friday, NPR’s Noel King gave “Unite the Right” rally organizer Jason Kessler a platform to spread white supremacy, leading to Kessler ranking races on the basis of intelligence. NPR then implied a comparison to Black Lives Matter protesters by juxtaposing an interview with the group after Kessler’s segment, and asking a representative of the group to respond to the racist assertions therein, arguably framing the sides as extremists of the same coin. This led to widespread criticism of NPR’s handling of the situation, and decision to allow a white supremacist airtime, in which Heather Heyer, who was killed one year ago, was never mentioned during the entire debacle. The interview of Kessler offered no new information or insight. It just regurgitated the usual talking points of ignorant assholes since there have been racist, ignorant assholes.

The incident brings forth the notion which posits some behaviors, viewpoints, and histories aren’t deserving of an audience. And to

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Mila Kunis set up a monthly donation in Mike Pence’s name to Planned Parenthood


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Actress Mila Kunis has her own sly way of protesting the vehemently anti-choice Vice President Mike Pence: setting up an anonymous monthly donation to the major reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood in his name. During an interview on TBS’s CONAN with host Conan O’Brian, she shared a juicy tidbit about a small form of resistance she practices every week. She explained, in part:

I disagreed with some of the stuff that Pence was doing and was trying to do.

And so, as a reminder that there are women in the world that may or may not agree with his platform, I put him on a list of reoccurring donations that are made in his name to Planned Parenthood.

Love it.

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Mila Kunis set up a monthly donation in Mike Pence’s name to Planned Parenthood


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Actress Mila Kunis has her own sly way of protesting the vehemently anti-choice Vice President Mike Pence: setting up an anonymous monthly donation to the major reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood in his name. During an interview on TBS’s CONAN with host Conan O’Brian, she shared a juicy tidbit about a small form of resistance she practices every week. She explained, in part:

I disagreed with some of the stuff that Pence was doing and was trying to do.

And so, as a reminder that there are women in the world that may or may not agree with his platform, I put him on a list of reoccurring donations that are made in his name to Planned Parenthood.

Love it.

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Donald Trump is not ‘untrustworthy’ or ‘inconsistent.’ Donald Trump is a liar, and incompetent


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The efforts to tiptoe around the plain evidence that Donald Trump is a racist, lying, possibly dementia-riddled sack of shit continue.

President Trump campaigned as one of the world’s greatest dealmakers, but after nine months of struggling to broker agreements, lawmakers in both parties increasingly consider him an untrustworthy, chronically inconsistent and easily distracted negotiator.

Because he is. He just is—there is no consider involved here. He is transparently unaware of the details of even his own would-be priorities. He lies extensively and about everything. He contradicts his own prior statements with such regularity that he genuinely appears to have no ability to distinguish between reality and fiction. There was a point at which we could charitably have considered him a mere incompetent; that point has long past.

The president’s propensity to create diversions and follow tangents has kept him from focusing on his legislative agenda and forced lawmakers who might

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Cartoon: ‘Stop politicizing’


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Polls: Media offer fake news, but news from Trump seen as phoniest of all


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With conclusions that should surprise no one, a new poll reports that most people in the country admit to being duped at one time or another by a false report or conspiracy theory masquerading as news. But the majority of Americans in this poll said the biggest source of fake news is none other than the administration of Donald J. Trump.

A survey of more than 1,000 Americans by the education company StudySoup asked respondents to judge news outlets on whether they were considered trustworthy. The study also asked respondents to evaluate whether they had been taken in by false news stories and whether they believed a list of claims that included several false stories. There was an expected partisan divide on what was judged believable and what was not trusted.

In this project, we set out to reveal which news outlets Americans trust most, and which they consign to the

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Trump aide bashes immigrants and the Statue of Liberty. Hot take: rude reporters are to blame


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White House adviser Stephen Miller briefed the media on Wednesday about Donald Trump’s plans to limit legal immigration. In answering questions, Miller deployed a white supremacist talking point against the poem on the Statue of Liberty and referred to one reporter in a way that sounded suspiciously close to an anti-Semitic epithet. In response to this, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi asks the important questions:

Reporters are supposed to push their sources for answers. But how far can they push before “aggressive reporting” starts to look like badgering, grandstanding or just plain rude?

At issue: Glenn Thrush and Jim Acosta’s aggressive questioning of White House adviser Stephen Miller:

Thrush first challenged Miller about a White House-backed legislative proposal that would slash the number of legal immigrants. He repeatedly asked Miller for statistics to support Miller’s contention that low-skilled immigrant workers displace American workers and depress wages.

Both

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Trump aide bashes immigrants and the Statue of Liberty. Hot take: rude reporters are to blame


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White House adviser Stephen Miller briefed the media on Wednesday about Donald Trump’s plans to limit legal immigration. In answering questions, Miller deployed a white supremacist talking point against the poem on the Statue of Liberty and referred to one reporter in a way that sounded suspiciously close to an anti-Semitic epithet. In response to this, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi asks the important questions:

Reporters are supposed to push their sources for answers. But how far can they push before “aggressive reporting” starts to look like badgering, grandstanding or just plain rude?

At issue: Glenn Thrush and Jim Acosta’s aggressive questioning of White House adviser Stephen Miller:

Thrush first challenged Miller about a White House-backed legislative proposal that would slash the number of legal immigrants. He repeatedly asked Miller for statistics to support Miller’s contention that low-skilled immigrant workers displace American workers and depress wages.

Both

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Newsweek dubs Trump ‘Lazy Boy’ in brutal cover story about his failing presidency


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Donald Trump probably won’t read the 9,000 or so words of Alexander Nazaryan’s Newsweek cover story about him. He probably won’t make it far enough into the piece to read that:

It may be that Trump is overwhelmed. When I was training to become a teacher, veteran educators said students would use boredom to mask their inability to do the work. Is that what’s happening here? Well, to use a Trumpian construction, some people are saying so. One of those people is Donald Trump. In late April, the president confessed that he was both overwhelmed and frustrated. “I loved my previous life,” he said. “I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” That may be the most remarkable admission ever made by a sitting American president. Clinton’s infidelities, Nixon’s paranoia: Those were the usual

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Game of Thrones 7.3: ‘The Queen’s Justice’


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Go through any literature course, even the sort you get in middle school, and you’ll be introduced to the idea that stories go up and down. There’s the rising action that moves like mountaneers ascending the Matterhorn, the climax somewhere up there on the snowy peak, and then things get wrapped up quickly as the surviving characters come gratefully back to earth.

But with many stories, and Game of Thrones is definitely one of them, the course of the work is better described in terms of scope, or space—of moving out and coming in. Of entropy. For the first five seasons of the show, and for essentially the whole of the work as it exists on paper, the story has been one of characters spreading out. The distance between the people we knew at the opening of the work—those still attached to their heads—has both literally and figuratively grown farther apart. They’ve

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Trump, the ‘most pro-LGBT Republican nominee in history,’ takes a wrecking ball to LGBTQ rights


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Even as the New York Times assured us last year that Trump’s “More Accepting Views on Gay Issues Set Him Apart in G.O.P.” and the Washington Post observed he was “Teaching the GOP a Different Way to Embrace Gay Rights,” LGBTQ Americans knew exactly what was coming.

Now, we have a Supreme Court justice who has already gone out of his way to target the high court’s 2015 marriage equality decision, a Justice Department that’s going out its way to block nondiscrimination protections of gays under federal law, and a pr*sident who is trying to turn back the clock on the ability of transgender Americans to openly and honestly put their lives on the line for their country.

But how—how?—you ask, did mainstream reporters get it so wrong? Because they were reporting from a mindset and political culture that was a decade behind the times. In the ’90s

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MSNBC tops Fox News for first time ever; Maddow leads network


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It turns out that electing a dumpster fire to be president can be good for television ratings—at least, if you are anti-dumpster fire.

MSNBC finished as the most-watched network in all of basic cable in primetime on Monday, for the first time in its 21-year history, according to Nielsen Research.
The Comcast-owned network averaged 2.34 million viewers, edging Fox News and its average of 2.25 million.

Rachel Maddow’s show has been the big winner, putting yet another awkward kink in the network heads’ ongoing efforts to deliberalize the network and put a stop to all this “highest ratings ever” nonsense.

Maddow again had the No. 1 program of the week in cable news, averaging 2.94 million total viewers and 711,000 in the key 25-54 demographic advertisers covet most.

That said, the nation is still going to hell in a handbasket, and there’s little to nothing most

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After assaulting reporter, Greg Gianforte refuses fingerprints and mugshots as ordered by court


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Republicans consistently practice the “do as I say, not as I do” mantra in their governing. This generally means that they have no problem holding all of us to some standard of ethical behavior while they practice a very different one for themselves. While this approach might work as a parenting style, it is completely hypocritical coming from a political party which is claims to be the party of values and the moral compass of America. Each day, the GOP sinks to new lows in this regard. And while its hard to imagine stooping lower than physical assault, Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte is testing just how low the party can go by refusing the court order which requires him to be treated like the criminal he is.

Rep. Greg Gianforte, the Montana Republican who pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before his election, does not want to be treated

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