The press continues to fail in the most basic element of keeping “an informed public” informed; and must adjust reporting standards for covering the presidency. Currently Trump treats Americans and the press, exactly as he did the small business contractors who unfortunately, signed contracts with him.
The first failure is ignoring Trump’s unfit, mental state.
The second area is press can ill-afford to mince words. NRP deciding to not call Trump out for lying when he lies, identifies another, key issue in our current, media, fail.
Once media decides to speak the truth without mincing words, the next goal is figuring out how to combat Trump’s history of serving up a blitz of forcefully spoken statements, including lies, but never, apologizing when caught in a lie. Including bald-faced lies. (In fact, when caught in a bald-faced lie, Trump doubles-down.)
Meanwhile, Sean Spicer, in an effort to deflect from the giant chunks of the White House website, disappearing, now claims individual heads of various departments, ordered the non-tweeting policy. (Still waiting to see if media lets that go.)
Naturally, the first step is recognizing the massive, media failure we’ve found ourselves in. Suggest beginning with the realization even the most Basic questions are not being asked. Consider one that’s been bothering me.
“Although Kellyanne Conway is now a federal employee, did Trump require Kellyanne sign an additional Non-Disclosure Agreement for her federal position; or, was this eventuality covered in Conway’s original Non-Disclosure Agreement, under a catch-phrase, “in the event I am successful, this Agreement supercedes any other employment?”
Why this hasn’t been asked underscores why media must flip the script when dealing with an illegitimate president. Foremost being: Media cannot afford to cultivate a deliberate, blind-eye, to ignore the claim of 17 federal agencies stating, Trump was working with Russian agents before running for office, while running for office, and after winning a rigged election…which Trump specifically invited to be rigged.
Likewise, media cannot afford to not change how they report. Such as missing the obvious when it’s happening. My tweet during Sean Spicer’s first news conference…having earlier watched Trump’s presser.
Compared to this highly respected MSNBC anchor, Joy Reid, whom I like, two days after the fact.
Now for the solution:
Good news for the public! It includes potential media profits! Yes, higher ad revenues while keeping the public informed as to reality of a Trump Presidency. Here’s the basics!
- “Trump Lies Told Daily!” A new program with a new style and focus. Profits would soar once NBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC and CBS scheduled their own variation. But essentially,
“Trump Lies Told Daily” – A Daily Rundown of Lies told by Trump, or the Trump Administration.”
Subtitled – An ongoing investigation by Russian/Saudia/Chinese leaders (or lobbyists or/including, Senators So-and-So). Trump Time could air nightly for a half-hour, with expanded coverage on the weekends.
The first half will be split among staff, with a specific focus on lies in certain areas. One staffer for Trump’s bankruptcies, one for his refusal to divest, and most importantly, a key staffer to expose Trump’s continued ties to Russian/Saudi/Chinese mobsters. Each panelist should have 5 minutes to state what they’e learned. Suggest contacting, Adam Khan, here. (Wish he would get a website.)
Domestic areas addressed include Domestic Violence, (because – Trump’s background. Also, duh. The Womens March for half the population), Environment, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, Military needs, Social Security, Federal Regulations, National Security, etc.
The Twist: In the first part, the staff present their findings, But the second half of the program, host and staffers (and perhaps, invited guests) debate which area has the biggest, negative effect on the American public.
Graphics needed: A counting logo in the top right corner during each segment: For instance, “400 Days since Trump said he would release his taxes.” Or regarding Trump’s ties to Russia, the logo “Trump signed 24 new contracts to his existing 118 contracts.“ A graph would also be nice.
Why this is necessary.
Currently, media fails with nearly every question. There is no banding together as a tactic, to force any issue. Especially in the area of Trump taxes as this example demonstrates.
Kellyanne Conway’s defense of Trump’s refusal continues to be, “The people elected him, so they don’t care.”
Reporters and anchors haven’t yet appropriately responded with:
“Trump lost in the popular vote by three million, because those people didn’t believe him. The people who voted for Trump in the Electoral College – voted, believing he would. They are the public who still wants to see his taxes. They said so. Visit The GOP APOCALYPSE.”
which astounds me.
Also, Trump’s still complaining about his high numbers? Really. Consider the parade route. Katy Tur showed us.
As for high TV views Trump’s administration claims. Why haven’t reporters volleyed back with the obvious?
“The movie “Carrie” had high numbers. The Shining had high numbers. People do tune in to be scared.”
Personally, my answer would be, “I liken Trump’s Parade, (or, drive…since hardly anyone was there), to watching Alfred Hitchcock’s, “Psycho.”
That might stop the subject from ever being brought up again.
Why the “Carrie” or “The Shining” answer hasn’t been directed to Trump, or Pence, or Kellyanne puzzles me. But it saddens me, underscoring as it does, the failure of media to get to tactics to seriously inform the public about America’s first, Russian-installed president.
I love the press – I just want to them to regroup so they can be effective.
Does media really want to mess around with women like this? Women who marched in the snow, during the Womens March? Does media think they’ll retain viewers who watch, pablum?
And an uninformed public makes me question why the FCC allows continued licensing for non-performance. (Except Trump’s pick to head the FCC was Ajit Pai, whose main goal is killing net neutrality, so expect higher prices for much less.)
Back to Trump Lies Told Daily!
- Invited Guests for “Trump Lies Told Daily.”
The mantra is simple. Producers must impress upon bookers, “We’re here to inform: Guests must be worth watching.” The public knows it’s being shabbily treated when guests who lie constantly, are just as contstantly, booked. (Hint: They’re all friends…most of this is just for show.)
Media fixation on Alternative facts
Former attorney, Kellyanne Conway, flattened Chuck Todd on his own program, twice. Todd, exasperated, managed to get off the one great line. “Alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”
Did anyone else notice media closed ranks, protecting Todd by focusing on that rather than admitting Kellyanne steamrolled Chuck twice, rattling off lie-after-lie, in rapid-fire, Gatlin gun style…in two separate areas, without once answering a single question.
Folks, we’re all given a certain number of heartbeats in this life. People sometimes watch fluff. But trust this: American’s don’t want fluff in politics. They want substantive discourse. Yet in that same appearance, Conway, (a former lawyer) began with,
“A falsehood is told about removing the bust of Martin Luther King Junior from the Oval Office. No, that’s just flat out false. And the pool writer…”
and was not challenged.
Tim Russert would have laughed, as he interrupted Conway, to accurately point out the reporter did not commit a “falsehood.” Tim Russet would say it was a simple “mistake” and one that was quickly addressed by the reporter himself. Tim’s unfailing realism in the face of spin – stopping people in their tracks, is why people across the country, upon learning Tim died suddenly, got in their cars and drove through many states to pay tribute to Tim and his family at the funeral.)
Chuck Todd was struck hapless by Kellyanne. Confounded, he laughed…and Kellyanne jumped at the chance to tell Chuck she was offended he laughed. But that’s part just of the shtick. That girl can recognize and seize an opportunity. But still, it’s a better way to present the tsunami of lies Trump is trying to get the media to forget about himself.
The public’s heads up was yesterday… and Trump is beside himself by the number of women who shut down his lousy numbers.
So it’s not “Business as usual.” The press cannot continue operating the same old way. No more, “we can’t keep up.”
A daily, “Trump Time” is the best way to make sense of rapid-fire lies.. Otherwise, lies left unaddressed are later given credibility, (such as Pami Bondi as an Electoral College member) because that’s Trump’s calculation as a business tactician.
Reporters must change now they cover Trump. “Trump Time” beats Trump at his own game. But it also raises journalism standards. That Trump Time would while generating ad revenues is just the icing on the cake
- Conditions for appearing on the show. The producers must caution guests the basic rules are no repeatedly talking-over each other. In cases of a split-screen, producers will remind guests Trump Time is to inform the public, and anyone who violates the rules will have their mic cut and screen shot dropped. The camera will return to the host, until such time the guest can get themselves together.
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