Wow! Honest man Roger Stone speaks the truth. He really understands how deep the corruption in D. C. goes.
Less than 40 minutes; published on May 14, 2017.
Wow! Honest man Roger Stone speaks the truth. He really understands how deep the corruption in D. C. goes.
Less than 40 minutes; published on May 14, 2017.
Professors reinvent the wheel could be the headline on this story.
A study shows what everybody already knows–press coverage of President Donald Trump has been overwhelmingly negative, with the exception of coverage of his cruise missile attack on Syria.
Which goes to show that if the Israeli dog wags the American tail, the press will jump for joy in showing its approval.
Excerpt from Zerohedge
A major new study out of Harvard University has revealed the true extent of the mainstream media’s bias against Donald Trump.
Academics at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed coverage from Trump’s first 100 days in office across 10 major TV and print outlets.
They found that the tone of some outlets was negative in as many as 98% of reports , significantly more hostile than the first 100 days of the three previous administrations:
The academics based their study on seven US outlets and three European ones.
In America they analyzed CNN, NBC, CBS, Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
They also took into account the BBC, the UK’s Financial Times and the German public broadcaster ARD.
Every outlet was negative more often than positive.
Only Fox News, which features some of Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters and is often given special access to the President, even came close to positivity.
Fox was ranked 52% negative and 48% positive. – “Fair and Balanced” indeed.
The study also divided news items across topics. On immigration, healthcare, and Russia, more than 85% of reports were negative.
On the economy, the proportion was more balanced – 54% negative to 46% positive:
The study highlighted one exception: Trump got overwhelmingly positive coverage for launching a cruise missile attack on Syria.
Around 80% of all reports were positive about that.
The picture was very different for other recent administrations. The study found that President Obama’s first 100 days got a good write-up overall – with 59% of reports positive.
I remember the press coverage of Obama as nearly 100 percent positive, much higher than this study purports to find.
Here’s more unsourced “gossip” that doesn’t deliver the goods in the headline. It’s probably put together over happy hour drinks and reporter gossip at a Washington bar.
What this type of story does is to implant the idea that Trump is unstable or mean. It’s part of a larger strategy to delegitimize the Trump presidency and demoralize us deplorables.
Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a real negative against Trump other than firing the cruise missiles at Syria. However, that action plus tough talk on Korea may have helped take the pressure off the president that was being applied by the neocons. Every other “crisis” has been manufactured by the New York Times or Washington Post.
Good news for nationalists. Last month it looked like Kushner had won the power struggle with Steve Bannon, leaving populism sidelined and globalism set to dominate Trump’s administration. The catch for Kushner and Gary Cohn, leaders of the “Democratic” wing of Trump’s advisors, was that that probably also left them on the hook in Trump’s mind for all of the political misery he’s experienced over the last few weeks, self-inflicted or not. Either he’ll give Bannon another shot now or he’ll purge everyone and start fresh with a “dream team” cabinet — Giuliani, Chris Christie, Gingrich, Roger Stone, Corey Lewandowski. Alex Jones for press secretary. Maybe bring back Mike Flynn. Total base strategy. He tried things the establishment’s way. Now it’s his way.
Expect H.R. McMaster to be liquidated in the purge too:
There is a fear among some of Mr. Trump’s senior advisers about leaving him alone in meetings with foreign leaders out of concern he might speak out of turn. General McMaster, in particular, has tried to insert caveats or gentle corrections into conversations when he believes the president is straying off topic or onto boggy diplomatic ground.
This has, at times, chafed the president, according to two officials with knowledge of the situation. Mr. Trump, who still openly laments having to dismiss his first national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, has groused that General McMaster talks too much in meetings, and the president has referred to him as “a pain,” according to one of the officials.
Those are two short paragraphs but they jibe with what Eli Lake reported last week about McMaster being on thin ice. Per Lake, Trump blew up at McMaster for going over his head and phoning South Korean leaders to reassure them that Trump was wrong when he said that country would need to pay up for the THAAD missile defense system. McMaster also reportedly irritated the president “by not giving him a chance to ask questions during briefings, at times even lecturing Trump.” Our NSA is an academic who seems convinced that his boss doesn’t understand much about foreign policy and national security; our president is an alpha male who doesn’t like being made to feel like a subordinate, however legitimate McMaster’s concerns. (Three officials told the Times that Trump couldn’t have leaked “sources and methods” intel to the Russians because he’s “a hasty and indifferent reader of printed briefing materials” and “simply did not possess the interest or knowledge of the granular details of intelligence gathering” to do so.) This relationship can’t last for very long, at least not this way. Either McMaster’s going to back off and risk Trump committing more miscues or he’s going to continue to be pushy to try to shepherd Trump through his natsec interactions and he’ll end up being fired for it.
Raw Story is reporting much the same thing.
I’m not sure what the significance is of this picture of an empty chair next to Jared:
Kablooey! Yet another crisis based on “sources say” has enveloped President Donald J. Trump again. One of the usual suspects, in this case the New York Times, has published a story claiming that fired FBI Director James Comey had written a memo to himself alleging that President Trump had asked him to drop an investigation into the ties between Russia and fired National Security Director Michael Flynn.
A memo to himself? What’s the deal with Comey? Is he a teenage girl keeping a secret diary?
Excerpt from Huffington Post
xactly one week after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House is battling reports that the president asked Comey to end the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
A bombshell report in The New York Times on Tuesday says Trump made the request of Comey during a February meeting in the Oval Office. Comey reportedly detailed the meeting in a memo, which an associate shared with the newspaper. Flynn, who was ousted from his job in February, is one of several Trump associates under FBI investigation over potential ties to Russia.
Reuters and NBC News later confirmed the Times’ report.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” the president told Comey, according to the memo, the Times and NBC reported. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
The Feb. 14 meeting took place after Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been confirmed by the Senate, but before he had recused himself from the Russia investigation.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment to HuffPost Tuesday evening on whether Sessions had seen the memo at the time, or if he was aware of what Trump reportedly told Comey.
The White House, in a statement to HuffPost, denied events described in the memo:
While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn. The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey.
“Also please note that the Acting Director McCabe said last week that the WH had not interfered in the investigation,” the White House statement added.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifed before the Senate Intelligence Committee that “there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”
“It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely,” McCabe said.
Trump himself has also denied asking Comey to drop the Russia investigation.
Since the post was started the Tweets have picked up in volume.
The effort to destroy President Donald Trump via ludicrous assertions about Trump’s ties to Russia appears to be never ending, with a new article smearing Trump appearing hourly now in the MSM.
It may appear that the left has gone insane, but what if there is method to their madness.
Consider the theory that the Deep State’s goal is not the destruction of Trump himself, but rather the destruction of freedom leading to the enslavement of the American population by the oligarchs. Trump is just a roadblock to the cold, emotionless players in the deadly game unfolding before our eyes.
This conspiracy, as laid out here, involves James Comey, Obamacare, and national bankruptcy. The Deep State, it is claimed, has put a $150 million payment in play for anyone who can kill Trump.
Excerpt from Katehon
A stunning Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that after yesterday’s meeting between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and President Donald Trump, a “kill order contract” against America’s new leader appeared on the “dark web” offering a payment of 82,900 Bitcoin’s for Trump’s “murder/killing” by the end of this month—and with Bitcoin’s currently being valued at a little over $1,800, amounts to over $150 million being offered for the assassination of an American president. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]
Though not conclusively proved, this report continues, SVR intelligence analysts believe that this “kill order contract” offered against President Trump is from “Deep State” conspirators in the United States at war with their new leader—who became incensed after President Trump fired one of their main anti-Trump-“Russian hysteria” commanders, former FBI Director James Comey, and less than 24 hours later, hosted two of Russia’s top diplomats in his White House Oval Office.
FBI Director Comey, this report explains, was the American “Deep State” commander who was tasked with creating, and perpetuating, the false “Russian hysteria” meme against President Trump by using what is now called the “Trump Russia Dossier”—that has been revealed to be a completely made up document created by an American political opposition research company named Fusion GPS and paid for by as yet unidentified Hillary Clinton supporters.
While the totally made up “Trump Russia Dossier” was being exposed as a lie, however, this report further explains, FBI Director Comey, again operating for the “Deep State”, added another layer of falsehoods to the “Russia hysteria” movement against Trump by his proclaiming that Russia had hacked into the computer servers of Hillary Clinton and her Democratic Party.
Shockingly though, this report notes, in FBI Director Comey claiming that Russia had hacked into these servers he failed to provide any evidence—with his, instead, relying on a now discredited report prepared by a company controlled by Hillary Clinton named Crowdstrike who said they had discovered “proof” of Russian hacking.
As to why the “Deep State” must destroy President Trump, this report explains, is due their communist-leftist economic model for America quickly failing and unable to be supported by the supposed to be president Hillary Clinton—and as evidenced by the stunning world-record $116 billion bankruptcy of the US territory Puerto Rico, the coming bankruptcy of the Connecticut State Capital—and the bankruptcies of Illinois and California now being immanent too.
Not being understood by the American people, SVR intelligence analysts in this report say, is that their present capitalist economy is incompatible with those of socialist-communist ideology—but in order to turn a democracy into a communist state where citizens are reduced to serfdom (enslavement) the health care systems must be nationalized—but will collapse the nation as Soviet Russia discovered.
In knowing this fact, this report continues, the failed attempt to nationalize the United States healthcare system through what is called Obamacare as a first step towards achieving true communist (elite) rule is why the “Deep State” must destroy President Trump—and why the end of this month is so critical as the “swamp continues to be drained”.
Trump is fighting back, with threats of his own, which tells us that for now he refuses to kowtow to the Deep State. The problem for him is who to trust. Sadly, he can’t trust his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Steve Bannon is Trump’s best bet to advise him, if he intends to fight and win.
Holy Batman! Trump has the world in chaos again. That’s a good thing, sending the enemy off on another big distraction.
Liberal heads have been exploding all day Friday. The prospect of impeaching Trump for having a recording device in the White House has liberal mouths drooling like three year olds.
What did Trump mean by the above Tweet? That Obama and the (((Deep State))) have been recording him, as he’s said before.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Donald Trump on Friday refused to confirm or deny whether he secretly records conversations he has at White House, after he suggested as much in a tweet Friday morning.
“Well, that I can’t talk about,” Trump said Thursday in an interview with Fox News. “I won’t talk about that. All I want is for Comey to be honest. And I hope he will be.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer also declined to answer a barrage of questions about Trump’s tweet, saying “the President has nothing further to add on that.”
The denials came hours after Trump issued a warning to the FBI Director he fired days earlier: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
If Trump did order a recording system installed in the Oval Office — or elsewhere in the White House — it would be the first of its kind since President Richard Nixon.
That’s why Trump’s tweet gave pundits and historians fresh ammunition to continue drawing comparisons between Trump and Nixon as they have in the days since Trump fired Comey, who as head of the FBI oversaw the investigation into potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and Russia during the 2016 election.
But it’s the court cases and laws stemming from Nixon’s secret recordings that could send Trump’s tweet backfiring.
That’s because Congress in 1974 passed the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act that designated tapes like those Nixon recorded as presidential records that must be preserved in federal archives.
“If Trump installed a taping system … those are federal records thanks to Nixon’s court challenges,” said Timothy Naftali, a presidential historian and Nixon expert.
That means it’s illegal to destroy presidential recordings and they could be subpoenaed by, say, Congress — which is part of the reason why no president since Nixon has installed recording devices in the Oval Office.
“Most presidents after Nixon were skittish to do much taping,” said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley.
It’s unclear what Trump meant when he tweeted about “tapes” on Friday morning. But the public could soon find out as Reps. John Conyers and Elijah Cummings, both Democrats, on Friday requested copies of any such recordings from the White House counsel.
One source close to Trump said that while they didn’t know whether Trump was recording White House conversations, they also wouldn’t be surprised if he was.
“Yes, it sounds like something he would do,” the source said, “for the purposes of protecting himself.”
Phone call recordings would be less out of the ordinary, however.
Presidential calls with foreign leaders are sometimes recorded and logged by White House staff and the White House phone system has the capacity to record calls at the President’s request.
“Anybody talking to Trump on the telephone has to think a recording is being made,” said Brinkley. “But if you’re meeting with Trump in a private dining room one on one you wouldn’t think you’re being recorded.”
It was during a one-on-one dinner between Trump and Comey that Trump says he asked Comey if he could confirm he wasn’t under investigation, which Comey did.
But it’s also where sources close to Comey said Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him, which the FBI director refused to do, instead promising only “honesty.”
The White House disputed that account.
One thing is clear: It would be much easier for Trump to record in-person conversations than it was in the Nixon era.
“Did he record or did somebody record? No idea,” said John Dean, Nixon’s former White House counsel. “But today it would be very easy. Today he could have a smart phone in his pocket and probably pick up a room conversation with some ease.”
Since the announcement of the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump a couple of hours ago, the Internet has been abuzz with speculation that the prosecution of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Barack Obama, and a cast of other allegedly corrupt Democrats might go forward.
If Hillary and Bill Clinton have any sense, they’ll be (to use a Southern expression) “sweating like a n*gger on election day.”
It looks like the immediate strategy for Clinton loyalists is to claim that Trump fired Comey to cover up Trump’s ties to Russia.
LOL! Is that the best that they can do?
Clinton campaign team denounces Comey firing
Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign team was quick to denounce President Trump’s Tuesday firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Campaign manager Robby Mook said the move “terrifies” him.
The White House said Comey was fired at the recommendation of the Justice Department, but Brian Fallon, who was the Clinton campaign’s press secretary last year, said Trump’s decision “smells like a coverup on Russia” coming amid the FBI’s probe of Russian election interference and any possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Clinton’s running mate, echoed those sentiments.
The White House said the hunt for a new permanent FBI director would “begin immediately.”
“The president has accepted the recommendation of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters in the briefing room.
“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.
The White House said that Trump “acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”
Comey infuriated both parties during last year’s campaign: first Republicans for announcing that the FBI would not recommend charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of State, and later Democrats with his letter to lawmakers that the agency’s probe was not in fact complete.
Clinton last week partially blamed her election loss to Trump on that letter.
“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off,” she said.