“Donald Trump going over the head of the media”

I watched the press conference this morning but had things to do so didn’t get around to posting it till now. It is compelling for the whole one hour and seventeen minutes. If anything, he might well turn out to be better than I hoped. But the media remain the problem they have been from the start, and what is astonishing is that they are so lacking in insight that they are bewildered by what is being said to them by the president. Chuck Todd: Donald Trump’s Delegitimization of Press ‘Un-American,’ ‘Not a Laughing Matter’.

In a tweet sent during President Donald Trump‘s Thursday press conference, MSNBC host Chuck Todd indicated he didn’t find the bizarre hour-long back-and-forth with reporters all that humorous.

The Meet the Press host live tweeted the spectacle, at times sending tweets that indicated he didn’t believe the president was telling the truth, and that the rambling press conference would damage his relationship with Congress.

He knows few of us will ever locate the video of the press conference and then spend the hour and a quarter to watch it. For me, it was a Trump master class. For him, it was an unendurable rant from someone out of touch with the socialist screwballs who write most of the news stories we read.

To see the other side, there is this: Sorry media — this press conference played very different with Trump’s supporters of which there will be more and more if things keep up like this.

Amid feverish reports of chaos on his team and with Democrats fantasizing that Russia-gate is another Watergate, Trump took center stage to declare that reports of his demise are just more fake news.

Far from dead, he was positively exuberant. His performance at a marathon press conference was a must-see-tv spectacle as he mixed serious policy talk with stand-up comedy and took repeated pleasure in whacking his favorite pinata, the “dishonest media.”

You will see this for yourself if you watch the press conference for yourself. For a similar view, there is also this from Rush Limbaugh: Trump Triumphs Over Press. This is mostly a transcript of the press conference, with the occasional aside from Rush, such as this:

RUSH: Just what the doctor ordered. This is Donald Trump going over the head of the media right to the American people, advancing his domestic agenda and being totally transparent with these people. They don’t know how to get on the same stage that he’s on. The American people are gonna eat this up when they see it.

The media remain in the same ideological mode as their mentor Walter Duranty. The Big Lie remains the media’s most enduring modus operandi.

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67 Responses to “Donald Trump going over the head of the media”

  1. Dr Fred Lenin

    So Trump is “delegitimising the socialist media ? Who legitimised them ? Most people despise them as much as the politicians they adore. They are guilty of trying to delegitimise the President elected by a majority of the voters if you remove the fraudulent decromat votes .Love him going over their heads direct to the people . Wouldnt be hard to go over their heads ,they are pretty low.

  2. calli

    The presser was billed as a “rant”. I expected fireworks. Meh.

    Trump spoke to them as if they were slightly challenged children. And still they got it wrong. The last time I heard a President use that tone was Reagan, bless him.

    And like Reagan, I fully expect some swine tries to silence him.

  3. Art Vandelay

    Channel 7 news labelled the story as “a rant from a President who some have said is unhinged” and then, without a trace of embarrassment or self-consciousness, the story actually showed a clip of Trump calmly saying:

    Tomorrow, they will say, “Donald Trump rants and raves at the press.” I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you. You know, you’re dishonest people. But — but I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time doing it.

    But tomorrow, the headlines are going to be, “Donald Trump rants and raves.” I’m not ranting and raving.

    They really don’t get it.

  4. Roger

    “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.’”

    St Antony the Great +356AD

  5. Infidel Tiger

    The greatest thing Trump has or will do is legitimatize the media.

    The great shame is that he is not a dictator, because lining them all up against a wall would be a swell night out for the family.

  6. Tom

    Steve, I’m glad you posted this so it’s in the Cat archives. I have a feeling the current weeks will be seminal.

  7. stackja

    White House website has the transcript. Video is available in many places. MSM have no role. Only the gullible accept edited ‘highlights’.

  8. Irreversible

    1. Trump’s national security adviser has already quit. His proposed replacement has refused the job. 2. Flynn has admitted that he lied to the VP about his contact with the Russian Embassy. 3. Trump has dumped a decades-old policy on Israeli settlements. His UN Ambassador has said it remains unchanged. Israel now has a problem containing the urges of settlers. 4. Trump has said the US may ally with Russia and reduce ties with NATO. His defence secretary has said publicly that the US is tight with NATO and Russia must be confronted.
    This is all direct from the sources. You can see all of this from the horses mouth. No spin from media. The man is a runaway and his heading for a cliff.

  9. Roger

    This is all direct from the sources. You can see all of this from the horses mouth

    Don’t believe everything you read.

    Flynn never admitted lying, only inadvertently misleading the VP – read his resignation letter, from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

    Haward declined for personal reasons – that’s straight from the horse’s mouth too.

  10. Snoopy

    Irreversible, you forgot to end with this :

    /m0nty

  11. Viva

    A Powerline commenter:

    Whatever. He’s a different type of President, he does it differently, and that’s just the way he/it is. If this was a normal presidency, I’d be concerned. I’m gratful that it’s not, and I’m grateful it’s Donald in that office.

  12. Michael Johns

    Comment is free…
    but facts are sacred

    CP Scott, 1921 Guardian editor

  13. J.H.

    It’s great. I listened to it all…. Not often you can say that about a Politician’s presser.

  14. Grigory M

    It’s interesting how he openly baits the reporters all the time to their faces – he does it quite calmly and deliberately. They don’t really know how to handle that – other that to provide distorted reports.

  15. Bruce of Newcastle

    The man is a runaway and his heading for a cliff.

    Bwahahaha.

    I can’t fault anyone who does not think he or she can survive the hate blasted at them every day by these poor excuses for human beings. It takes a very special type of person to walk into the firey furnace with eyes wide open.

    The next on the rank is Pruitt. Perhaps the key guy in Trump’s whole team since he will hit the green religion at its root. Already the RINOs are grumbling. I hope they only do that because if they vote him down they’ll lose their nice cushy seats in the Senate. America is not happy and if mere RINOs try to stand in their way they will be roadkill.

  16. Malcolm

    I’m not sure who is more deranged: Donald Trump or Steve Kates. Only difference is that Kates is mostly harmless.

  17. Malcolm

    Trump will be lucky to last six months. The man is nuts. Impeach Trump now!

  18. thefrolickingmole

    Trump has dumped a decades-old policy on Israeli settlements

    Mmmmmyeeesss, because nothing says “progress” like a decades old refusal to accept terms as were offered about 30 years ago.

    Trump has just announced hes open to bids from both “sides” to actually achieve a peace settlement. The 2 state thing has been a roadblock ever since Arafat wiped his ass on the first offer.

  19. Defender of the faith

    Roger: Flynn lied to the VP. He was sacked. Trump today confirmed the calls when he said Flynn did nothing wrong in his calls to the Russians. Haward was asked and refused. You do not get asked if you don’t want the job.

  20. Roger

    Defender/Invincible,

    Rest assured in your fake narrative.

  21. JohnA

    Approx 14 minute mark:
    a new rule: for every new regulation imposed, TWO must be repealed.

    Yay! If Bob Townsend and Peter Drucker were still alive they would be cheering him on!

    “Up The Organization” p86 (in my well-thumbed Coronet 1971 paperback edition) “Killing Things, VP in Charge of”

  22. Snoopy

    Just saw the conclusion of Trump’s press conference on SBS. A presstitute, spitting image of Major Charles Emerson Winchester III from the television series MASH, was screaming in frustration.

    #Winning

  23. Tel

    The great shame is that he is not a dictator, because lining them all up against a wall would be a swell night out for the family.

    Watching them whither away without an audience of believers is more entertainment and goes for longer.

    I do not enjoy seeing blood splatters; but I do enjoy watching ignorance and arrogance turning into contrition.

  24. Grigory M

    An excellent news conference – very well handled by The Donald. He was totally in control for the whole time, gave straight-forward answers and took no nonsense from those reporters who sought to de-rail things. Good work.

  25. stackja

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 15 minutes ago
    Despite the long delays by the Democrats in finally approving Dr. Tom Price, the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare is moving fast!

  26. Tom

    Trump will be lucky to last six months. The man is nuts. Impeach Trump now!

    I’m always fascinated by the derangements: Abbott derangement; Mudrock derangement; Trump derangement; Hitler derangement. Amazing we still afford zombies adult status.

    Then there are the deranged psychopaths like “Malcolm” who would love to blow Trump’s head off with a handgun, except they’re nancygirls terrified of handguns. Leftoid girlymen like “Malcolm” are the most contemptible eunuchs or all.

  27. Defender of the faith

    Roger: kids and Trump retreat with bleating. Watch the behaviour of real people like Mattis.

  28. john constantine

    The day that newspapers will be printed with solyent green ink rendered from Stalinists will be a great day.

  29. .

    Hitler Derangement?

    That one might have been foresight and good judgment by the likes of Churchill.

  30. Jannie

    Trump will be lucky to last six months

    In six months time the person who posted this line will be hiding behind some other avatar, still making up spurious nonsense.

    The main personal threat to Trump, now and in six months, is the coiled violence of the Left thugs, and the Left establishment, encouraged by the MSM. The deep State security apparatus appears to be attempting to assassinate Trump politically, with the active participation of the MSM. This is failing, and they be desperate enough to escalate their project to the real thing.

  31. custard

    I listened to the first half this morning before work and watched the second half tonight.

    Fair dinkum, this is how to handle the media 101 for any future political aspirants.

  32. This is a sideshow. You can’t accomplish lasting achievements with press conferences and executive orders. The first 100 days are dwindling away and so far the Trump administration’s legislative record is very sparse.

    The positioning over Obamacare is interesting. It looks like the Freedom Caucus are going to insist on a scorched-earth bill that won’t pass the Senate. Some outlets are calling repeal-and-replace dead already, though it’s probably too early for that.

    LOL at Harward apparently calling the NSA position he turned down a “shit sandwich”.

  33. None

    Just listened to his opening statement. Whatever you want to say about him, I love how he calls out the media. Fantastic.

  34. custard

    That was a rake going off right there!

  35. This is a sideshow. You can’t accomplish lasting achievements with press conferences and executive orders.

    You’re right, Monty. A whole 27 days in office and hasn’t yet cured cancer, brought about world peace, or colonised Mars. What a useless waste of space.

  36. There is a reason people talk about the first 100 days, MV. It’s because that’s the best time to get stuff done because your political capital is at its highest. Trump started with very little political capital and has thrown most of it away.

    There just aren’t enough votes in the Senate to repeal Obamacare in the bill that the House will send to it. It will all become vapid virtue signalling to the base without anything being accomplished, which is what Republicans in Congress do best.

    The upcoming intra-GOP fight over the debt ceiling will be a doozy if Ryan can’t find a Boehner-esque way to get Democratic votes to pass something.

  37. There is a reason people talk about the first 100 days, MV. It’s because that’s the best time to get stuff done because your political capital is at its highest.

    You mean do truly outstanding stuff?
    Like Obama did?

  38. Yes MV, Obama got the ARRA passed and helped clean up the godawful mess that Dubbya left behind. He had high 60s in approval by the end of it.

  39. Yes MV, Obama got the ARRA passed and helped clean up the godawful mess that Dubbya left behind. He had high 60s in approval by the end of it.

    Yeah. And everybody got an Obamaphone plus Obamacare they couldn’t afford, and lived happily ever after. Which is why Trump got elected.

  40. Obama would have romped it in again if there were no term limits. He’d be in office l0nger than Menzies.

    People say they hate Obamacare, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty of what they would lose if it wasn’t there, there are millions of voters who don’t want it to go away, including many in swing states. Trump can stand in front of a gold curtain and gasbag all he likes, but until he can start solving problems not of his own making, he’s not going to get much of anywhere.

  41. People say they hate Obamacare

    Yeah, but what the fvck would they know, eh Monty?
    They’re just the ones paying for it.
    Stupid minions, don’t know what’s good for them.

    .
    You just don’t get it, do you Monty.

  42. You just keep living inside that bubble of unreality, MV. The nasty facts can’t get through to you to challenge your strong priors. You’re safe from objective truth, so don’t worry your head.

  43. You’re safe from objective truth, so don’t worry your head.

    “Objective truth”?

    You mean like Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming?
    Or infinite gender diversity?
    Or powering commercial enterprise with wind energy?
    Or babysitting now costing more than private senior high school tuition?
    Or balancing the books with a “Fairness Tax”?
    Or making the world a better place by financing the murder of unborn children?
    Or importing boatloads of terrorists to “enrich cultural diversity”?

    Unfortunately, no, Monty. I’m not safe from these “objective truths”.
    Murderous, traitorous swine like you have left me and my family exposed to these things.
    Excuse my audacity in daring to fight back against your enlightened Dark Age.

  44. westie woman

    The lefty lawyer I live with was watching some crap Aussie stuff (I was in the other lounge room) sounded like Chasers voices – Trump bad, evil, deranged etc

    Meanwhile I watched the whole press conference on my phone and all I can say – wow !

    Loved the comment as President Trump was leaving….. “can we do this every week?”

  45. BorisG

    . If anything, he might well turn out to be better than I hoped.

    Well oiled machine. He is beyond parody.

    Had everything gone right, he would not need this circus.

  46. Zyconoclast

    You’re right, Monty. A whole 27 days in office and hasn’t yet cured cancer, brought about world peace, or colonised Mars. What a useless waste of space.

    Nor received a Nobel Peace Prize.
    Trump really is struggling.

  47. NewChum

    Trump started with very little political capital and has thrown most of it away.

    You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    No political capital? A rabid fan base of devoted followers, a congress in his favour and a long lost of campaign promises?

    Champagne comedy!

  48. Docket62 (deplorable)

    Obama would have romped it in again if there were no term limits. He’d be in office l0nger than Menzies

    Well we just have to thank the founding fathers for the foresight they had in preventing Obama from completing his game plan of utterly destroying the US of A. As it stands now, on the brink, there are but a handful of people who can turn that ship around.

    May we never see the ‘enlightenment’ of another Obama in our lifetimes.

  49. A Lurker

    Memoryvault, there is a wise saying which goes something like this: “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

    Remember that quote next time you try to logically argue with Monty.

  50. Rabz

    MV has made some very sound points above.

    mOnty, not so much.

  51. OneWorldGovernment

    Mark M
    #2300108, posted on February 18, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Australian PM: Trump wasting his time criticising media
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/Australian-PM-says-Trump-wasting-his-time-criticising-media/article17318171.ece
    Egad.

    This from ‘the thing’ that fawns over his abc!

  52. Razor

    “Australian PM: Trump wasting his time criticising media” MT’s experience enlightenment.

    Loved the comment as President Trump was leaving….. “can we do this every week?”
    Donald Trump speaking from experience enlightenment.

  53. rickw

    Channel 7 news labelled the story as “a rant from a President who some have said is unhinged”

    Australia is in grave danger from fake news, most people don’t have the time, energy or inclination to research for themselves, they don’t imagine that they are being so brazenly lied to by the MSM block.

    My parents if they had internet access would furiously agree with Trump on almost everything, but they don’t, they’re worried about him and where the world is heading because they only get to see Trump through the MSM lense.

    If there is one message we need to be getting out it is about the propaganda put out by MSM. Once people realise this, they will work the rest out for themselves.

  54. calli

    Docket62, we can thank the Twenty-second Amendment limiting Presidential terms.

    FDR had a fourth dig in defiance of 170 years of precedent, but succumbed to the Grim Reaper.

    And how about that – he was a Democrat.

  55. Diogenes

    Well we just have to thank the founding fathers for the foresight they had in preventing Obama from completing his game plan of utterly destroying the US of A

    Not quite. It was convention that had Presidents serve only 2 terms in emulation of Washington. The 22nd amendment which was passed in1947 and ratified in 1951 formalised it. It was a reaction to that other socialist fuckwit Roosevelt ignoring the convention and standing for, and winning a 3 rd term

  56. calli

    Beat youse to it Diogenes. 😀

    But I do prefer your description of the Departed.

  57. Remember that quote next time you try to logically argue with Monty.

    You’re right, of course, Lurker. I normally just ignore him.
    But it was late, I was tired, concerned about Johanna, worried about our cat, and I had jammed up my cigarette making machine.

    And then along came Monty.

  58. Shane

    Loved the priceless part of the interview where DJT (acted like Santa ) said that he knew when the Media was being naughty or nice .

    Not aware how many Cats follow Scott Adams blog .
    One of his favorite topics dealing with the repeated Trump induced cognitive dissonance so many suffer from.
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/157358914491/imaginary-news

  59. Lem

    Brilliant news conference, a masterclass for the reporters on how they should comport themselves in the practice of their craft. Thanks for posting it.

  60. mh

    Trump says “ISIS has spread like cancer”. The metastasis would have been even stronger if not for the action of Vladimir Putin. Obummer described ISIS as “the JV team” – (junior varsity).

  61. mh

    The MSM wasn’t interested in covering the story of the father of the ISIS supporter who killed 49 Americans in Orlando being seated in full view of the cameras at a Hillary Clinton rally in Florida, only a few weeks after the slaughter.

  62. Walter Plinge

    Loved it when Donald put the boot into the BBC.

  63. JohnA

    NewChum #2300068, posted on February 18, 2017, at 2:11 am

    Trump started with very little political capital and has thrown most of it away.

    Trump. You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    FTFY

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