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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:21 PM

Why Trump is attacking the press?

Simply put, he is programming his followers. He knows them well.

If, and when, Mueller comes out with his report and it implicates Donald Trump, he will argue that it is just another example of "fake" news. Nobody can believe anything from the mainstream media.

And his base will believe him. They will not believe any thing from Mueller.

And so long as he has his base, the Republican Party will never lift a finger to do anything about it. He is in the White House for as long as he likes, so long as the Republicans are in charge.

That is why he is attacking the press at this time.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:23 PM

1. 100% correct

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:36 PM

2. And to expect this base to suddenly turn on him

is nothing more than a pipe dream. Fox would line up behind him if he said the world is flat, and his minions would react angrily at those who tried to say otherwise. Unless we see serious, significant changes in 2018, I think he's there for two terms.

If you have not watched the movie "Hypernormalization," you should.

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Response to HopeAgain (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:42 PM

11. Your post contradicts your screen name (n/t)

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 07:36 PM

13. Hope can only come from effort

We will have to take our Country back. They won't give it. That's what I'm saying. Nothing changes if nothing changes.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:42 PM

3. Republicans have been doing this for decades.

With little pushback from Dems against the "liberal media" meme. And it's worked. Millions are convinced the media is, for the most part, run by the far left (i.e., a mainstream centrist Democrat, in their eyes). Rather than a handful of giant corporations.

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:43 PM

4. +1 exactly, typical GOP theme.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:46 PM

5. Foster suspicion and distrust of everything and everyone except the Dear Leader.

Distrust journalists and the press corps = believe only what Trump says

Distrust the media, photos and videos = believe only what Trump says

Distrust the functions of government = believe only what Trump says

Distrust science and education = believe only what Trump says

Distrust foreigners and people who look different = believe only what Trump says

Distrust women, Democrats, poor folks = believe only what Trump says


Its a cult.

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Response to procon (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:18 PM

7. You are so right.

More of the Republican mantra of don't trust the Government or your Media.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:54 PM

6. Because they won't kiss his orange ass or lie for him.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:21 PM

8. unlike dems trump knows how to frame a simple message endlessly

be specific, have an easily identified target, repeat over and over

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:25 PM

9. A free press is anathema to any despot.

Historically, when a dictator takes over, the first thing to go is any kind of free press -- one that could point out lies, inconsistencies and criminal activity. Control the message, control the people.

Which is why #45 loves Fox News so much -- it's virtually a Republican state-operated media outlet that exclusively presents their party line, and serves as the voice and protector of the extreme right and #45's administration.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:38 PM

10. He is not crazy or stupid- He's doing exactly what Putin wants!!!!!!!!!

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 06:37 PM

12. He wants to run this country as a strongman, just like Putin runs Russia.

Donnie wants to be a dictator.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 07:39 PM

14. He did exactly before election by calling them rigged so Pres Obama was on defensive

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:00 PM

15. Disparaging the press is to be expected from Trump. It's also not the problem.

The problem is that the press doesn't counterattack. They have ample ammunition.

We are in this mess because our bedrock hedge against politics - a free press acting with integrity - has all but vanished from the landscape.

Without it, the people have no defense against the oligarchs and the politicians who blow them.

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Response to Mr. Ected (Reply #15)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:03 PM

16. You make a good point.

They want someone to do the hard work for them. Then, when the special investigators and the FBI make their reports of their investigations, then they will stand in line to be the first to interview the FBI Director.

The press has a lot of flaws but I would rather have it than not...

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Response to kentuck (Reply #16)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:07 PM

17. Oh, most certainly. Better to have them than not, but...

They are not doing their job and that's what I call a true constitutional crisis.

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Response to Mr. Ected (Reply #17)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:11 PM

18. Agree.

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:20 PM

19. He's following Putin's lead

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