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    That was quick: News cycle for assassination attempt against Republican congressmen over

    That was quick: News cycle for assassination attempt against Republican congressmen over

    NY Times and WaPo successfully redirected the national conversation to Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.

    Well that was quick.

    I can’t recall as substantial an assassination attempt against one political party as took place Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017. Certainly there have been individual assassinations and shots fired, such as by Puerto Rican nationalists in 1954, but this was a well planned attempt at mass murder directed against one party.

    Our prayers are with all the victims, particularly Steve Scalise, who remains in critical condition. But for the chance that Capitol Police officers were assigned to protect Scalise because of his House leadership position, we might be burying dozens of people.

    Are we having a “national conversation” yet? Are we in the weeks-long news cycle that would have accompanied the shooting if the political roles were reversed?

    The conversation the NY Times wanted to have was about Sarah Palin and Gabby Giffords. The Times Editorial Board regurgitated the false claim that Palin’s electoral map inspired Jared Loughner to shoot Congresswoman Giffords in 2011. I addressed that at the time — there is zero truth to the accusation. Yet it was what the Times Editorial Board saw fit to inject in what was left of the attempted assassination news cycle.

    The Times was forced to retract that claim by a near-universal uproar, but only after the Times successfully had distracted from the real story: A progressive Bernie fan steeped in standard anti-Trump talking points found every day in the NY Times opinion pages decided to try to take out a substantial number of Republican Congressmen.

    The Washington Post did its part in changing the conversation through leaks from anonymous sources.

    The night after the morning assassination attempt WaPo rolled out the report that Trump likely was under investigation for obstruction of justice – but we knew that already from James Comey’s testimony when he said he was sure Robert Muller would consider it. It was on the basis of that testimony by Comey that I wrote on June 11, Robert Mueller should step aside: Friends shouldn’t be investigating friends.

    Yesterday WaPo rolled out the second anonymous report, that financial records were being examined, including potentially for Jared Kushner. That’s also not new, everyone assumed that financial records would be examined and everyone knew, from prior anonymous reports, that information would be sought from Kushner.

    It’s part of the plan to have a permanent news cycle of the Trump administration under siege — there doesn’t seem to be a stretch of even 3 or 4 days without such phony blockbusters. As one news cycle ends, another is rolled out.

    https://twitter.com/LegInsurrection/status/875757151754563589

    Trump obliges by tweeting in reaction to NYT and WaPo stories in an attempt to vindicate himself in the public eye. But to a great extent that just feeds the news cycle beast and plays into the plan to make it difficult for the duly-elected president to govern.

    So it doesn’t look like we’re going to have that national conversation. By their ability to drive news cycles, the NY Times and WaPo successfully redirected the national conversation to Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.

    You may now resume your Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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    Tolstoy | June 17, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Very good point, Mr. Jacobson.

    Why isn’t this being treated by the government, and covered by the press, as an assassination by an Islamic terrorist would be?

    For example, was Hodgkinson a “lone wolf”? Or was he part of a terrorist cell? Who funded him? How did he come up with his list of names? Or, to pick the MSM’s favorite meme, was he a Russian agent?

    Of course, it would be embarrassing, to say the least, if Soros’s fingerprints/money was implicated. But why not invent nameless sources to reveal such — whether fake news or not — to the public?

    Also, why haven’t we heard any laments about Republican-phobia?


     
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    tom swift | June 17, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Trump obliges by tweeting in reaction to NYT and WaPo stories in an attempt to vindicate himself in the public eye.

    Consider the normal course of events—

    1. The Dems or their propaganda arm make an outrageous accusation.

    2. Some people believe that this unsupported accusation has substance. This is inept and illogical, but too many do it anyway.

    3. If the accusation is NOT denied, even more people will eventually end up believing it. This is also inept and illogical; the denial generally has no more factual basis than the original accusation. But too many do it anyway. And a person who believes a fact-free and unsupported accusation may also believe a fact-free and unsupported denial. Not all will; but a rhetorical tactic doesn’t have to be 100% successful to be useful.

    The denial seems pointless to people with functional reasoning capabilities; but that population isn’t sufficient to elect anybody. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people has to accommodate the intellectual inadequacies of the people. And one of the things the people demand (although they may not be consciously aware of it) is a denial of a lie or slander.

    So I don’t think the tweets are optional. Trump gains more with the tweets than he loses.

    Maybe.


     
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    Conan | June 17, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    “Trump obliges by tweeting in reaction to NYT and WaPo stories in an attempt to vindicate himself in the public eye. But to a great extent that just feeds the news cycle beast and plays into the plan to make it difficult for the duly-elected president to govern.”

    You people who just throw out this Bush-era idea that if you respond to the fake news you make it worse need to make your case that it has a negative effect that you claim. We all watched Bush and Rove after 2005 decide they could ignore it and it gets better in some magical way. The public assumes guilty people don’t fight allegations that is just a fact. He keeps his followers engaged on Twitter and he doesn’t “help” enrage the perpetually outraged any more than they already are. Sorry he would be a fool to get off Twitter and disconnect his thoughts from his supporters.


     
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    inspectorudy | June 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Speaking of news cycles, do you all remember “Hands up- don’t shoot” and sweet “Little” Trayvon Martin? How long did those cycles last? a year? Maybe more and yet here is the Whip of the House almost assassinated and it last three days! The Orland massacre two months? The Republicans get three days.


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