Be Careful What You Ask For Donald

Worn clichés and classic hits. Biblical slang. These are the things that come to mind when thinking of Donald Trump and his pitiful, self-absorbed, addictive thirst for fame.

Be careful what you ask for, Donald.

This set of magazine covers depict the intelligent world’s view of Trump over the past week. Chief among the topics: his insulting and divisive Charlottesville comments and the firing of his Alt-Right best boy Bannon.

We take all kinds of pills that give us all kind of thrills
But the thrill we’ve never known
Is the thrill that’ll gitcha when you get your picture
On the cover of … Time

-Maladapted Lyrics by Dr. Hook

 

And in Germany, where white men carrying torches in a funereal march and chanting “Blood and Soil” are not “very fine” folks but anathema, Donald Trump’s True Face is recognized for its true colors.

 

That ship has sailed. The windbag blew and blew and out stepped his jackboot thugs.

There is no bridge over these troubled waters.

ECONOMIST

When the 174-year old conservative voice of The Economist leads with an article declaring the moral void of the Republican president, I feel the earth move under my skin.

The sentiments that follow in the op-ed effectively titled: “Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president” savage this fake president. Feel the karma.

Start with the ineptness. In last year’s presidential election Mr Trump campaigned against the political class to devastating effect. Yet this week he has bungled the simplest of political tests: finding a way to condemn Nazis. Having equivocated at his first press conference on Saturday, Mr Trump said what was needed on Monday and then undid all his good work on Tuesday—briefly uniting Fox News and Mother Jones in their criticism, surely a first. As business leaders started to resign en masse from his advisory panels (see article), the White House disbanded them. Mr Trump did, however, earn the endorsement of David Duke, a former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Mr Trump cannot see beyond the latest slight. Instead of grasping that his job is to honour the office he inherited, Mr Trump is bothered only about honouring himself and taking credit for his supposed achievements.

Mr Trump has neither skill nor self-knowledge, and this week showed that he does not have the character to change.

The truth shall set us free.

When Republicans in Congress retrieve their wits and ethical clarity, when they can at last release the battered hope of the political trifecta and dump this glaring monster-boy and his morose minions, then America can resume.

DHjmPw9XcAAiIfm.jpg large

Until then, we remain an angst-filled, dejected, disgraced nation, briefly gladdened by the fourth estate and its brutal honesty.


 

Cheers to Rachel!

I want to pause for a moment (in the midst of  my many unfinished articles) to praise Rachel Maddow.

In the last few months, the host of MSNC’s The Rachel Maddow Show has eclipsed all other commentators with her incisive grasp of the whole Trump catastrophe. Every weekday evening, she reports on the headlines of the day, often having to encompass breaking news of the hour and even the minute. She does this with a velvety texture of articulation that combines humor, sarcasm and wit with a deep undercoating of holistic research.

This wonderful display brings together threads of seemingly disparate events, meshing them into new findings. I listen expectantly to her presentation, never for a moment willing to turn down the volume or walk out of the room.

Rachel is in her element. Each show, she builds in acuity while never embarking on a glory ride. The speed with which she and her staff absorb new data and release it in a coherent explanation complete with ramifications and potential futures is amazing.

I look forward to her nightly reviews of the upcoming impeachment hearings or the invocation of the 25th Amendment or (less likely) the aftermath of Trump’s resignation.

Take us through, Rachel!

 

Be Skeptical Advises Deputy AG Rosenstein

In a terse warning issued late Thursday evening, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sought to brace American readers from unsourced articles (leaks) originating anywhere from anyone.

“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories from anonymous “officials,” particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government…”

Continue reading “Be Skeptical Advises Deputy AG Rosenstein”

The AP Dumps Its Standards

Call me “old school” but the craft of journalism and the inhabitants of that professional world must abide by high standards. That’s why this Twitter post by the Associated Press set off a tempest.

Continue reading “The AP Dumps Its Standards”

AP Editor Responsible for “Sloppy” Clinton Foundation Tweets Resigned A Month Ago

Kathleen Carroll, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

The Associated Press (AP) editor responsible for misleading tweets about the Clinton Foundation tendered her resignation a month ago.

The AP announced the resignation of Kathleen Carroll, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor at the news organization on July 20, noting that her “successor is expected to be in place in by Jan. 1.” Continue reading “AP Editor Responsible for “Sloppy” Clinton Foundation Tweets Resigned A Month Ago”