McCain defends the free press

NBCnews.com:

Sen. John McCain is taking a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump’s ongoing attack on the fourth estate, cautioning that “how dictators get started” is by shutting down the press.

The Republican Arizona senator, in an exclusive interview on Meet the Press airing Sunday, admitted that the relationship between the media and elected officials can sometimes be tense — highlighted by the Trump administration’s repeated sparring with reporters and the president calling news organizations “fake news.”

Half-jokingly, McCain said, “a fundamental part of that new world order was a free press. I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you.”

His defense of the media came in response to a Friday tweet from President Donald Trump in which he called certain news outlets “the enemy of the American People.”

What educated, informed people exist in an echo chamber, only hearing one side of an issue?  Perhaps that is the root of Trump’s problem–his problem with inaccuracy and ignorance.  He only listens to one side of an issue.   How can the media be “the enemy of the American people?”  This current time isn’t the only time in American history where the press brought down candidates, or elected officials.

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John McCain’s smack-down on Sean Spicer

 

Washingtonpost.com:

Donald Trump took on Sen. John McCain’s status as a war hero and won the GOP nomination anyway.

Sean Spicer took on John McCain’s expertise on military matters and got this:

The White House press secretary took an extraordinary position Wednesday, saying anyone who questioned the success of the raid in Yemen that led to the death of a Navy SEAL was doing a disservice to the SEAL’s memory. The target was McCain.

Then NBC News tracked down McCain (R-Ariz.) to get his response to Spicer. And it was something.

“Many years ago when I was imprisoned in North Vietnam, there was an attempt to rescue the POWs,” McCain began, mentioning details of his biography that everyone knows but McCain included for emphasis.

He continued: “Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated. But the brave men who took on that mission and risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes. Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their courage and willingness to help their fellow Americans who were held captive. Mr. Spicer should know that story.”

McCain then walked away, punctuating the comment.

Senator McCain–you go, guy!  Despite what Trump says, John McCain is a war hero.  Unlike Trump, he does know quite a bit about war and military raids.  He is certainly not someone that either Trump or Spicer should blow off.

The arrogance and stupidity are simply amazing.

Open Thread……………..January/February 2017

Winter is a good time to be outside.  If you are in the woods, you can really see woods!  If you are at the Battlefield, you can really see some gorgeous sunsets.  Some are great, some not so much but it gets me out of the house and moving about.

I am hanging out in a different place now, at least every other day.  I am hanging out at the Vint Hill Dog Park.

What a great place it is.  It is privately owned and supported for the public.  It beats PWC’s dog parks all to hell.  There aren’t any public ones on this end of the county.  I like it better than Fairfax County dog parks also.  It is a huge park and there are always lots of dogs there.  They provide water, bowls, toys, blast horns (in the event of dog fights), pet waste bags, and of course, the big and the little pen.

I have truly gone to the dogs, at least a couple days a week.   If you want to give your dog a little exercise and socialization, try a dog park!

Meanwhile, let’s hear it for sunsets!

 

 

Subliminal messages {choke} from the DoD

So when the Department of Defense on Monday tweeted this…

So when the Department of Defense on Monday tweeted this...

Buzzfeed.com (see above)

One just have to wonder if there is a connection between the message and POTUS.  Between the election and the inauguration  POTUS has used his Twitter account to attack no less than 30 people and things.

It wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see more of this.  As POTUS attempts to censor more and more agencies, we will see more rogue messages.  Then perhaps POTUS will understand that he isn’t the only one with a Twitter account.  This dude isn’t too far off from being a dictator.

 

 

 

President Paranoid?

 

Washingtonpost.com:

The way President Trump tells it, the meandering, falsehood-filled, self-involved speech that he gave at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters was one of the greatest addresses ever given.

“That speech was a home run,” Trump told ABC News just a few minutes into his first major television interview since moving into the White House. “See what Fox said. They said it was one of the great speeches. They showed the people applauding and screaming. … I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl, and they said it was equal. I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time.”
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Lights out

Sigh.  I can’t add to this sentiment.

What on earth are we headed in to?

Thanks to the Obamas for their service to their country.  Thanks for bringing the country back from the brink of financial disaster.  Thanks for 8 years of dignity and a scandal free administration.  Thanks for the humor.  Thanks for setting a good example.

Maddow calls Trump out as a liar

Rachel tells us that our new soon -to-be president will flat out lie to us and will put it in writing even when we can check the information for ourselves.

Does this frighten anyone else but me?  For years I have heard people condemn various Democrats for lying.  Clinton about Lewinsky springs to mind…

This lie deals with our national security.  Does he think we are just stupid?

I have a shiver down my spine also.

What the bleep? Trump national security pick Monica Crowley– plagiarist!

 

CNNmoney.com:

Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley, whom Donald Trump has tapped for a top national security communications role, plagiarized large sections of her 2012 book, a CNN KFile review has found.

The review of Crowley’s June 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened,” found upwards of 50 examples of plagiarism from numerous sources, including the copying with minor changes of news articles, other columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia. The New York Times bestseller, published by the HarperCollins imprint Broadside Books, contains no notes or bibliography.

Crowley did not return a request for comment. Multiple requests for comment by phone and email over the past two days to HarperCollins went unreturned.

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Megyn Kelly lured away from Faux News by NBC

New York Times:

Megyn Kelly, who arrived at Fox News 12 years ago as a television news neophyte but rose to become one of its two biggest stars, has decided to leave the network to take on a broad new role at NBC News for an undisclosed amount, people briefed on the negotiations said on Tuesday.

The NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, wooed Ms. Kelly away from Fox News by offering her a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.

The move will herald a seismic shift in the cable news landscape, where Ms. Kelly had become the second-most watched host — after Bill O’Reilly of Fox News — and often helped define the national political debate, especially over the last year as Donald J. Trump regularly attacked her, at times in viciously personal terms.

Ms. Kelly’s departure would upend Fox News’s vaunted prime-time lineup and inject a new dose of tumult just a few months after the departure of the network’s powerful founding chairman, Roger Ailes, who was ousted after several women made allegations that he sexually harassed them.

Good for Megyn Kelly.  She has a brain and was wasting it on the T & A show over at Fox News.   I hope she sends Donald Trump a fruit basket thanking him for her liberation.  She did an excellent job during that first debate where Donald Trump showed his true misogynistic colors by attacking Megyn.  She acquired a great deal of support from that incident.

The Solstice: Winter is officially here

Not only is winter here but it is here with a vengeance.  The good news is, the days will now be getting longer.   Yes, the Oak King overpowers the Holly King and the days grow longer and the nights grow shorter.

For those of us who enjoy the sunsets, this is good news.

I still sit in wonder at the various places around the world like NewGrange and Stonehenge that line up so perfectly with the various heavenly bodies at the solstices.  How on earth did the ancients know that much astronomy and how did they build these precise edifices?