What is good in life Donald?

It looks like the Trump-as-Manchurian-candidate push has failed. Far too many media outlets in the US are going to be very disappointed that their President is not a traitor but just happened to campaign better than Mrs Clinton did.

I particularly enjoyed this Time Magazine cover:

In the meantime Tyler Cowan summarises the winners and losers:

The media comes up as one of the biggest losers.  While Matt Taibbi’s recent critical account is exaggerated, the mainstream media did talk up the Russia collusion story for two years plus, and now it seems overdone.  After the media botched the “Hillary’s emails” story, there was plenty of talk of “never again.”  It now seems that all along a new false set of stories was being created, albeit in a different direction.  That will be perceived as a significant loss of media credibility, even if you think there is a more finely grained exculpatory story involving accountability some highly suspicious circumstances.

The bigger negative effect may be on media profitability.  Trump- and Russia-related stories often have done very well for getting clicks, and indeed the dramatic stakes with those issues have been very, very high.  But now it is easy to see the American public losing a lot of its interest in this line of inquiry.  The line of “Trump is still corrupt and New York state now will get at him,” while quite possibly correct, isn’t nearly as big of a draw.

Oh, and another beneficiary is Steve Moore, Trump’s most recent nominee to the Federal Reserve Board.  He has come in for a great deal of critical commentary, but at this point Republican Senators are less likely to cross a jubilant, resurgent Trump on the matter of a single nomination, and not one very much in the public eye.

I’m hoping that Sarah Sanders treats the vanquished with the contempt that they have earned.

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32 Responses to What is good in life Donald?

  1. feelthebern

    Trump has been remarkably reserved on twitter.

  2. feelthebern

    Taibbi’s line by line destruction of the biggest Russia-gate howlers.

    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/russiagate-is-wmd-times-a-million

    No-one can call the far left anarchist Taibbi a Trump booster.
    His book on Trump is called “Insane Clown President”.

  3. Jock

    My question of Cowan is: how can the Media lose significant credibility? If they lost any more credibility they would be in the fiction section.

    Tony Blair once described the Scottish media as “Unreconstructed wankers” . You could apply this to the US MSM. Particularly that tosser Acosta.

  4. Squirrel

    The conspiracy theorists will amuse themselves with the “Mueller was got at” theory for a time, and then eventually start thinking about 2020, with lots of obvious scope for puffery, particularly with a candidate who’s kinda sorta Obama-esque and has the (actual) given names Robert Francis – ooh aah, could it be any better…..?

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the ‘Strayan parrot chorus will keep obsessing what Mueller didn’t say, and daily trivia such as what partners of Trump staffers say about Trump, while largely ignoring less exciting (to them) news stories such as the presidential election in Indonesia.

  5. Crossie

    I’m hoping that Sarah Sanders treats the vanquished with the contempt that they have earned.

    I hope she comes to the next briefing with a bowl of pacifiers and passes it around. The White House press corp should be treated as fractious children given dummies to suck to calm them down.

  6. Crossie

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the ‘Strayan parrot chorus will keep obsessing what Mueller didn’t say, and daily trivia such as what partners of Trump staffers say about Trump,

    I expect you mean Mr KellyAnne Conway who will wind up being the ex. I have never seen a man disrespect his wife and her work in such a public manner.

  7. Nob

    You don’t win in the corrupt NYC property game without being touched by corruption.

    Same can be said about his predecessor and the corrupt Chicago political scene.

    I doubt the voters care that much.

  8. What’s so good about this is that there have been many people on the fence regarding supporting Trump or not. I think this is going to swing many of them onto the side of the Republicans, especially as the Democrats become ever more hysterical, if not downright insane.

  9. Overburdened

    The Time image is great. It should get an award for its strength and clarity.
    Hats off to the illustrator for his craft.

    In the meantime, President Trump has been set upon from the moment the political class in USA realised he was a contender, by which time it was too late for them.

    It is possible that people will remember how the climate went from touchy feely to riotous emergency in the domestic commentary immediately after the election.

    The contempt that some people could have for the Democrats and the swamp so described would be keen.

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    I rather like the Time Trump meltdown cover. Awesome wrongology!

    But how can you beat them putting AOC on the upcoming 1 April cover? Either someone stuffed up or she’s losing even Time, and when a lefty has lost Time they’re really in the naughty corner.

  11. wal1957

    Crossie @6:06

    Nice one!

    Perhaps she could also provide an enema for Jim Acosta. Seems he’s full of ..it!

  12. Crossie

    What has happened to Twitter? And I don’t mean opinion-wise. Whenever I click on a link that goes to Twitter the iPad freezes and I have to close the tab to get out. Everything is so slow there as if Jack Dorsey hasn’t paid his hosting fees and the internet company has cut his speed.

  13. Empire 5:5

    The bigger negative effect may be on media profitability. Trump- and Russia-related stories often have done very well for getting clicks, and indeed the dramatic stakes with those issues have been very, very high

    It was perhaps a dead cat bounce, but the script is written.

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2019/03/13/87231/comment-page-1/#comment-2957362

    I hear people still watch The News, but fewer believe what they see today than was the case in 2016.

  14. Exit Stage Right

    Trump is God.
    The End.

  15. Crossie

    The bigger negative effect may be on media profitability. Trump- and Russia-related stories often have done very well for getting clicks, and indeed the dramatic stakes with those issues have been very, very high

    It was perhaps a dead cat bounce, but the script is written.

    Since comedy is dead most people now watch the news for laughs.

  16. Muddy

    I haven’t read or even glanced at Time magazine in perhaps a decade or more. I cannot understand how it still exists.

  17. Mark M

    “So now what?
    For starters, Twitter, Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley tech companies should remove all Russian collusion conspiracy theorists from their platforms.

    After all, social media networks didn’t hesitate to ban Alex Jones of Infowars and others for spreading misinformation and/or conspiracy theories, so why not ban House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Schiff, Eric Swalwell, John Brennan, Beto O’ Rourke and scores of media hacks who’ve all done the same?

    And what about Google?
    Will it continue to allow search results that yield now-debunked conspiracy theories surrounding Russian collusion and the Trump campaign?

    Or will they do the right thing and scrub misinformation and lies to stop the hoax from perpetuating?
    Knowing how stacked Silicon Valley is against conservatives, don’t hold your breath.”

    via instapundit

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/325473/#respond

  18. Empire 5:5

    What has happened to Twitter? And I don’t mean opinion-wise. Whenever I click on a link that goes to Twitter the iPad freezes and I have to close the tab to get out. Everything is so slow there as if Jack Dorsey hasn’t paid his hosting fees and the internet company has cut his speed.

    Since his TDS algo got 86d, Jack’s had a team of hamsters spinning the proshills to the top of POTUS’ tweet comments. It takes time for those litter critters to manufacture so much fake hate.

  19. Crossie

    In the meantime, President Trump has been set upon from the moment the political class in USA realised he was a contender, by which time it was too late for them.

    And yet the lowbrow deplorables knew right away that he stood for something none of the other contenders would even consider. The clever media observers are either blind and stupid or partisan, take your pick.

  20. C.L.

    Tonight on Four Corners:

    The Christchurch terror attack brought to light the violent, disturbing, right-wing extremist movement flourishing on the internet. Were authorities so focused on Islamic extremism that they failed to grasp this threat?

    Last year on Four Corners:

    Trump/Russia: Follow the Money
    It’s the story of the century: The US President and his connections to Russia.

    Trump/Russia: Secrets, spies and useful idiots
    Part two of Four Corners’ special investigative series.

    Trump Russia: Moscow Rules
    Part three of Four Corners’ special investigative series.

  21. TBH

    If this wraps up like it appears to be, then I can’t remember a bigger beclowning of the MSM or the left punditocracy in my living memory.

  22. Petros

    Is Mark Latham the Australian Donald Trump?

  23. Overburdened

    Crossie
    I am inclined to use the all encompassing descriptor of FITH Syndrome to describe what ails the msm and the leftists.

  24. Sydney Boy

    I actually thin Monty is the biggest loser out of the Meuller report. For months he has been telling us how it would end Trump’s presidency and result in impeachment. Monty? Monty?

  25. Leo G

    The Christchurch terror attack brought to light the violent, disturbing, right-wing extremist movement flourishing on the internet.

    The term “right wing” normally references classism. “Right-wing” thereby relates to the privileged side of strata based on wealth, income, education, occupation, or lineage. A right-wing extremist would be a supporter of extreme wealth, power etc.
    For instance, the wealthiest professional bloggers last year were reportedly:
    – Arianna Huffington: HuffPost
    – Peter Rojas: Engadget
    – Rand Fishkin: Moz
    – Michael Arrington: TechCrunch
    – Pete Cashmore: Mashable
    – Martin Lewis: MoneySavingExpert.com
    – Brian Clark: CopyBlogger
    – Perez Hilton: PerezHilton.com
    – Univision Communications: Gizmodo
    – Smashing Magazine
    The term appears misapplied to the perpetrator of the Christchurch murders.

  26. What has happened to Twitter?

    The sooner Twitter and this poor excuse for a human being disappears the better: https://media.breitbart.com/media/2018/12/Jack-Dorsey-and-Azealia-Banks-640×480.jpg

  27. candy

    The Left will still go after Donald Trump, and he knows that.

    I think Sarah Sanders and VP Pence are terrific people. Their support is wonderful. There must be other people around Trump too who have been loyal and put up with a lot of hate from the Left.

    The Left media won’t give up though, which may explain Trump’s quieter attitude. He simply can’t relax and just do his job.

  28. Buccaneer

    Has anyone compiled a list of journos tainted by their rabid adherence to the DeMSM line? Can’t expose these wankers nearly enough.

  29. Rob

    The Christchurch terror attack brought to light the violent, disturbing, right-wing extremist movement flourishing on the internet.

    The term “right wing” normally references classism. “Right-wing” thereby relates to the privileged side of strata based on wealth, income, education, occupation, or lineage. A right-wing extremist would be a supporter of extreme wealth, power etc.

    The Christchurch freak was a neo-environmentalist, anti-capitalist, anti-globalist. Seems pretty leftist to me.

  30. Iampeter

    As a general rule, if the biggest loser is the media, then whatever faction you’ve sided with, is the actual loser. The media, bad as they are, don’t matter. Conservatives have latched onto media because they have no political arguments.

    What’s really happened here is, the democrats have demonstrated that they can do anything to anyone, even the US President, without control of any branch of government, and no matter how absurd. No one has any ability to even blunt their efforts. This episode has shown how not only intellectually bankrupt conservatives are, but how totally inept at politics they are too.

    Finally, does anyone seriously believe that if they wanted to impeach Trump, they wouldn’t have found something to allow them to do this? No, they’ve chosen to let Trump remain because it serves their interests to do so.

    This way they get to have a clueless, leftist President, running things like a third Obama term anyway AND at the same time, pretend to be fighting those evil republikkkans.

    Anyway you cut it, this has been a massive win for democrats and the left in general.

  31. Dr Fred Lenin

    Trump can lessen the left pressure simply by getting a ffew of the lefts top criminals into a criminal court ,goodness knows there are droves of them . Start picking them off one at a time ,put the fear of God into all of them , I suspect nearly every one of them has some crime to be charged with ,I mean they are usually lawtradespeople and its a rare lawyer thst doesnt have a skeleton or ten in the cupboard .
    They wont be much good in Congress if they are looking over their shoulder all the time ,nothing like a bit of fear to keep the left in line ,like the breathyliser keeps their mind on things .

  32. Overburdened

    Is there one troll with 2 names on this site?
    I thought things were going along quite well until a hamfisted attempt to fire up the mob landed.
    What a buffoon.

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