January 18, 2017

"Look, I don’t like tweeting. I have other things I could be doing."

"But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract. When people make misstatements about me, I’m able to say it and call it out."

Said Trump. People like to portray him as tweeting out of an irrepressible urge to blurt out random thoughts. It fits the hopeless-narcissist template. Of course, he rejects that template, and that serves his interests. He might be lying.
“Now if the press were honest, which it’s not, I would absolutely not use Twitter,” he told host Ainsley Earhardt on “Fox & Friends," adding, "I wouldn’t have to.”
If that's a bluff, it's impossible to call.

72 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Did he also say they insulted his mule.

mccullough said...

What will Trump do if Twitter goes out of business? Send mass texts?

Bob Ellison said...

mccullough, I've been wondering about that. Presumably several companies (Facebook, Snapchat, etc.) have already been in touch with Trump, trying to woo him away from Twitter, which really is twitting on splindly legs, financially. "Come use our platform! We'll make a new platform for you!" And 15 million people would come with him right away.

Brando said...

If you really believe Trump hates tweeting, and sits there reluctantly typing out his tweets, thinking "oh why must I be forced to do this? What I would give to not have to do this!" then send me a message as I have a great piece of land you'll absolutely want to buy and get in on the ground floor of a can't miss business opportunity.

buwaya said...

"What will Trump do if Twitter goes out of business?"

Use its replacement. Look at Gab.
Or as Bob says, any number of established systems.
What was that about Google trying to make nice?

Hagar said...

I think this might suit Trump the way it is. Then if Twitter goes down and it looks like a good time to stop twittering, that is all good, and if not, he can change then.

buwaya said...

"If you really believe Trump hates tweeting"

Did he tweet much pre-politics?
That would settle it, maybe.

traditionalguy said...

Seriously, Trump is displaying the old trick that the light drives out the darkness, and also, one drop of words coming from a truthful point of view destroys 20 years of carefully crafted false narrative.

How's that CO2 is an air pollutant fake news narrative doing. Morano's Climate Depote Website and Movie,Climate Hustle, has killed it, and the stink needs burying by realist scientists, such as Will Happer.

Mark said...

That must really cut into his pussy grabbing time.

Larry J said...

After World War I (AKA "The Great War"), France invested heavily in building the Maginot Line of fortifications. Unfortunately, they didn't put a roof over it and the Germans were able to fly at will. The press likes to serve as gatekeepers of information by choosing what does and does not get reported. Unfortunately for them, Trump is ready and willing to fly over their gates. This won't end well...for the press.

hstad said...

Interesting set of comments! Yet I have a take that Trump is quite clever with this narrative in several ways. Twitter is aghast about statements that Trump should be banned - Snapchat would be happy to receive his millions of followers. Secondarily, Trump's playing the Media again and they fall for it. But his statement of the "Media being dishonest" has a kernel of truth for it to be this effective. Anyone who believes the Media gives Trump favourable press is ignorant.

Once written, twice... said...

Even though his parents sent him to an Ivy League school, he is such an ignorant man. Today he misused badly/poorly. You would think he would let his son check his tweets before hitting send. Also, if President Obama wrote "badly" like Trump you all would be screaming "ebonics!"

Bay Area Guy said...

Trump is basically right. He tweets mostly in reaction to stuff. He doesn't come out of the blue to say, "hey guys, I got a great new pair of sturdy boots from LL Bean. You should buy some too!"

His tweets are starting to destabilize the media and the Left (redundant) - a loud bullhorn to 20 Million followers will do that.

n.n said...

The Press smeared him with a liberal culture and lost.

The Press smeared him with Soviet left-wing ideology and lost.

The Press smeared him with leaks from Clinton's Water Closet and incompetence of Podesta's Nigerian phishing expedition and lost.

Ironically, the Press, specifically JournoLists, foreign and domestic establishment, were a critical factor in the last election.

Obama and Clinton's axis of terrorism from Benghazi to Aleppo to Kiev didn't help.

buwaya said...

" But his statement of the "Media being dishonest" has a kernel of truth for it to be this effective."

More than simply dishonest. The more correct analogy are those dedicated people who fly balloons over the 38th parallel to communicate with the North Korean population.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/01/we-hacked-north-korea-with-balloons-and-usb-drives/283106/

sunsong said...

Trump is a liar

Darrell said...

Hillary needs to be charged with a felony for mishandling classified communication. The kind that prevents one from ever holding public office again. So shall it be Tweeted, so shall it be done.

Michael K said...

Also, if President Obama wrote "badly" like Trump you all would be screaming "ebonics!"

The lefties are melting down today. I doubt Valerie lets Obama near the computer,

Remember TOTUS ? TelePrompTer of the US ?

Unknown said...

You mean like creating Fake Stories about jobs returning to the US when they were already in the works months and years ago:

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/821701355593203712

Everything Golden Don touches turns into a lie.

MackM said...

"He might be lying."

Ya think?

Roy Lofquist said...

we shall troll on the beaches, we shall troll on the landing grounds, we shall troll in the fields and in the streets, we shall troll in the hills; we shall never surrender,

Drago said...

sunsong: "Trump is a liar"

Unfortunately for the dems, this pathetic missive represents the most "effective" Lefty talking point of the day, including the hearings!

#DemsHaveSadzz

Drago said...

Unknown: "You mean like creating Fake Stories about jobs returning to the US when they were already in the works months and years ago:"

Lol

Run with that one! It's got to work!

MackM said...

Blogger Roy Lofquist said...
we shall troll on the beaches, we shall troll on the landing grounds, we shall troll in the fields and in the streets, we shall troll in the hills; we shall never surrender,
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I have a question. What is a "troll" on this site? Someone who goes against the local groupthink?

Yancey Ward said...

I predict that Twitter, in its death throes will ban Trump in the next year or so- the pressure from the media will simply be too intense for them to hold.

What Trump says is pretty obviously true- most of what he tweets is in response to media stories about him and his supporters. That is what annoys the press the most- he goes right over the top of them directly to same mass audience. He should not only continue this, but find even more ways to do so.

Unknown said...

WARNING: Link to a LIBERAL New York based magazine. Contains truth wrapped in humor and may cause palpitations for Trumpland residents:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine

Every so often, you hear stories on the news about a toddler who somehow manages to start the family car and drive the vehicle across town, where the law finally apprehends him—and it’s almost always a him—before too much damage has taken place,” Barry Blitt, the artist behind this week’s cover, says. “As to why this would come to mind on the week of our new President’s Inauguration . . . I have no idea!”

LakeLevel said...

Once Written..: "Today he misused badly/poorly."

What most northeasterners (New York, New England) don't know is that their speech patterns and grammar sound ignorant to the rest of the country. I cringe when I hear a doctor speaking with a New York accent. As for "Once" calling Trump out on his northeastern speech pattern, you left wingers love doing that to southerners and mid-westerners. The rest of us recognize the differences in language and/or are more polite.

Drago said...

"Once written: "Even though his parents sent him to an Ivy League school, he is such an ignorant man. Today he misused badly/poorly. You would think he would let his son check his tweets before hitting send. Also, if President Obama wrote "badly" like Trump you all would be screaming "ebonics!"

The difficulty arises in translation from Austrian to American.

As an obambi follower I am sure you understand.

Big Mike said...

"But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract. When people make misstatements about me, I’m able to say it and call it out."

"Dishonest" is a diplomatic way of putting it.

MackM said...

"Calling a bluff" is a polite way of saying it's a lie.

Roy Lofquist said...

@MackM,

Trump trolling the media.

Meade said...

"I have a question. What is a "troll" on this site? Someone who goes against the local groupthink?"

Read above the comment box where it begins: "COMMENTS ARE MODERATED..."

MackM said...

Roy L,
Yes, Trump does troll the media which may or may not serve him well, time will tell, I guess.

Clayton Hennesey said...

I have to think Andrew Torba spends his days in a jellylike state, waiting to hear "Kellyanne, I don't like having all my eggs in one basket. They're not doing well. What else is out there like Twitter?"

GRW3 said...

One of the most frustrating things about Bush was that he would not push back. That was a different Bush than the one who had been Texas Governor. He got closer to his CT roots and all that noblesse oblige elitism came in to play. Same nonsense that killed Romney.

What he did not take into account was that by not standing up for himself, he was not standing up for those who supported him. When the mainline Democrats that started the "Bush Lied, People Died" meme he should have named and shamed each one as reading and believing the same evidence he had. Some even demanded a second vote to get a "yes to war" on the record.

Trump pushes back. Good.

FullMoon said...

Once written, twice... said... [hush]​[hide comment]

Even though his parents sent him to an Ivy League school, he is such an ignorant man. Today he misused badly/poorly. You would think he would let his son check his tweets before hitting send. Also, if President Obama wrote "badly" like Trump you all would be screaming "ebonics!"


Your right, and it matters alott. I spose you are smarter than him?

Roy Jacobsen said...

"Even though his parents sent him to an Ivy League school, he is such an ignorant man. Today he misused badly/poorly. "

Yeah. He probably doesn't even know how to pronounce "corpsman."

FullMoon said...

Reading how Trump tweets so much, I finally took a look for myself. Seems to spend ten minutes or so per "tirade".

No matter what he says, will not sway supporters, or haters. What it might do is get average people comparing what he tweets to what the MSM has said. That can only benefit Trump because it might sway some to his side. Doubtful any average uninformed voter would side with MSM.

Example, he tweeted about CNN doing ten minute interview with Kelly Anne , and editing it to one bad minute. To poorly educated blue collar guy, who did not bother to watch interview,that seems kinda dishonest.

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I Callahan said...

If that's a bluff, it's impossible to call.

It has the advantage of being a true statement in the first place. The media ARE dishonest.

Drago said...

It was very uncomfortable watching obambi's final press conference.

I'm not in the habit of eavesdropping in on other peoples religious services in their houses of worship.

Michael K said...

"and it’s almost always a him"

You can almost smell the rage and panic.

Just hilarious.

Known Unknown said...

"What will Trump do if Twitter goes out of business? Send mass texts?"

Use GAB?

It's a free speech alternative to Twitter that could fill the void if Twitter folds.

Known Unknown said...

"That must really cut into his pussy grabbing time."

Like any villain worth his salt, he probably has a hairless cat on his lap while he tweets. Duh.

Known Unknown said...

Sorry, missed Buwaya's comment re: gab.

grackle said...

WARNING: Link to a LIBERAL New York based magazine. Contains truth wrapped in humor and may cause palpitations for Trumpland residents.

If the name of the rag is “The New Yorker,” why would anyone like me, who lives happily someplace else, be interested in its insular, elitist, self-important bullshit? Fuck New York City, I’d much rather read Twitter and see the POTUS-elect expose MSM lies.

The media expects Trump to stand by, mute and docile, while they heap abuse upon him at will. Why do they expect this? Because most prominent non-liberals after the Reagan era allowed the MSM to spread their false narratives without opposition. In fact in many instances the eGOP actually joined in with the MSM lies and distortions. Present day media whores include Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham and the war hero and wannabe again media darling, John McCain. Fucking idiots.

grackle said...

Example, he tweeted about CNN doing ten minute interview with Kelly Anne , and editing it to one bad minute.

One way to stop all the fucking “editing:” Insist that all interviews be done live. That way the Talking Whores go down in flames while all are watching.

campy said...

a LIBERAL New York based magazine. Contains truth wrapped in humor

A lefty rag printing actual truth and humor would be a double first!

Gk1 said...
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Gk1 said...

I saw the future when Trump bypassed the media to post his first of many victory laps on youtube after sewing up the republican nomination. I hadn't really paid that much attention to him during the primaries except to watch clips of him kick Rubio and Cruz in the shins during the debates. As I was watching him I was thinking why not send a youtube telegram every day? In this day and age everyone has a phone or internet feed. Why go to Blockbuster to pick up a VHS tape when you have Netflix? The media as we know it is fucked (I suspect they know that too) I think trump should think bigger and dump twitter all together.

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Anglelyne said...

MackM: I have a question. What is a "troll" on this site? Someone who goes against the local groupthink?

If the comments that "go against the local groupthink" are 1) uniformly obvious copy-pastes of the talking points sent out from Dem central that day (as anyone with a newsfeed can easily recognize), and if 2) the copy-paster demonstrates no capacity to engage in much beyond that copy-pasting, and if 3) said copy-paster is easily identifiable as a single individual sock-puppeting under many different names but the same easily identifiable user ID over an extended period of time, (or 3a, several "different" posters pop up out of nowhere in a short period of time, but again with the same user ID), then...

they are recognized, labeled, and treated as trolls.

There are long-time lefty commenters here whom nobody considers trolls, which would be obvious to any newcomer who took the trouble to look around and get to know the place.

Bob Loblaw said...

One way to stop all the fucking “editing:” Insist that all interviews be done live. That way the Talking Whores go down in flames while all are watching.

I would not do an interview without the stipulation that it be released on the web in its entirety. That would prevent the sort of thing Couric did to interviewees in her anti-gun infomercial.

jacksonjay said...

Since when did Heidi Cruz, Meryl Streep and John Lewis become "dishonest" media?

Steven said...

Even though his parents sent him to an Ivy League school, he is such an ignorant man. Today he misused badly/poorly.

Because, of course, the only reason someone could choose to use something other than the prestige register of American English is ignorance, right? It couldn't possibly be a deliberate effort to appeal to the bulk of the American people by deliberately speaking in a lower, "jes' folks" register. If you're not sending the "I'm a member of the elite" signal by adhering to rules of usage that were developed specifically to send that signal, it can only be that you don't know how to send that signal, not that you're choosing a register that signals your solidarity with the masses over the upper classes.

roesch/voltaire said...

What do the insults of the 289 people and places DJT insulted on tweeter have do with media coverage and not just his thin skinned egotism?

Bad Lieutenant said...


jacksonjay said...
Since when did Heidi Cruz, Meryl Streep and John Lewis become "dishonest" media?
1/18/17, 5:54 PM

Wait, what? Oh, you were being ironic or insincere or something. I don't have time stamps, but all three qualify. Do you need that broken down for you or can we all laugh now?


Blogger roesch/voltaire said...
What do the insults of the 289 people and places DJT insulted on tweeter have do with media coverage and not just his thin skinned egotism?
1/18/17, 6:42 PM

I'm not going to attempt to unpack or rather un-toss your word salad. Nemo me impune lacessit. It's a strategy. You don't have to like it.

Meanwhile 289 people is a manageable number to kill, so it's surprising that people aren't nicer.

buwaya puti said...

I don't know about Heidi Cruz, but Streep and Lewis certainly have a record of whoppers, and not just against Trump.

Michael K said...

What do the insults of the 289 people and places DJT insulted on tweeter have do with media coverage and not just his thin skinned egotism?

"Be polite. Be professional and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

Alpha males meet beta males and humiliate them. It's part of the process.

Jupiter said...

I haven't seen America's proud corps of Professional Journalists this upset since Franklin Delano Roosevelt chose to bypass them and speak directly to the American public with his Fireside Chats.

readering said...

Trump has tweeted himself to a 40% approval rating, while Obama leaves with 60% (admittedly based on 95% from Democrats and 18% from Republicans including most everyone who posts here).

Jupiter said...

readering said...
"Trump has tweeted himself to a 40% approval rating, while Obama leaves with 60% (admittedly based on 95% from Democrats and 18% from Republicans including most everyone who posts here)."

Not so fast there. In the first place, Obama's approval rating is another media lie. Like the horseshit that his father was some Kenyan named Obama. In the second place, I comment here fairly regularly, and I hate the little bastard's guts. I am still hoping that some jihadi will blow him up for being an apostate Muslim. If I were a religious man, I'd be praying for it.

Other than that, your comment was substantially correct.

Paco Wové said...

What is a "troll" on this site?

Commenters whose output consists of repetitious parroting of mainstream party talking points seem to be most likely to get labelled as such. Especially if they come from the left. Especially especially if they repeatedly change usernames, presumably to make it appear that they represent more than just their sorry selves.

JAORE said...

"I would not do an interview without the stipulation that it be released on the web in its entirety. That would prevent the sort of thing Couric did to interviewees in her anti-gun infomercial."

That would be advisable. But, at a minimum, a complete video of the interview should be provided immediately upon completion.

gadfly said...

Another lie from a champion liar. I read that during the campaign, Trump lied 76% of the time.

wildswan said...

I haven't read that any Democrat is making any attempt to get back any lost jobs for any American. They're too busy criticizing Trump's latest tweet.

Or they're listing all the celebrities who went to parties with Obama, celebrities who don't know and don't care whether Americans have jobs. Or the Democrats are reading another false poll and believing it and tweeting each other about it. And some are trying to dig up Hillary and run her again - somewhere, somehow. And thousands are reeling with horror because they have been fired and must leave DC and live among the Neanderthal packs which roam the land beyond the Beltway. And their only hope for a return to the Promised Land of Government Job is brilliant inspired leadership from Chicago and Malibu. And ...

And .... no!, no! Please God, no! But... yes. Trump has tweeted again. Republicans are laughing again. AIEEEE

Fen said...

It really is amusing to hear all the assumptions Democrats are making here in the comments.

You lost to Trump because you blinded yourselves with false narratives. But instead of learning from that, you created 2 more false narratives (Hillary would won the popular vote that was not in play. The Russians hacked the election by phising Podesta's email)

And now you are fashioning a naarative that Trump is eome kind of imbecile becsude he is circumventing the corrupt media same way Reagan did.

Go to Insty and check out the story of how Trump came up with 'Make America Great Again" and how he marketed it.

I wonder how many years its going to take all you smart Dems to realize that Trump is a smart and dangerous enemy and that you haveb grosly overestimated your own intelligence and perception.

I'll go with 8 years

Fen said...

It really is amusing to hear all the assumptions Democrats are making here in the comments.

You lost to Trump because you blinded yourselves with false narratives. But instead of learning from that, you created 2 more false narratives (Hillary would won the popular vote that was not in play. The Russians hacked the election by phising Podesta's email)

And now you are fashioning a naarative that Trump is eome kind of imbecile becsude he is circumventing the corrupt media same way Reagan did.

Go to Insty and check out the story of how Trump came up with 'Make America Great Again" and how he marketed it.

I wonder how many years its going to take all you smart Dems to realize that Trump is a smart and dangerous enemy and that you haveb grosly overestimated your own intelligence and perception.

I'll go with 8 years

Bad Lieutenant said...

gadfly said...
Another lie from a champion liar. I read that during the campaign, Trump lied 76% of the time.
1/18/17, 10:11 PM


Liar! You can't read.

grackle said...

Trump has tweeted himself to a 40% approval rating, while Obama leaves with 60% (admittedly based on 95% from Democrats and 18% from Republicans including most everyone who posts here).

Yes, because the polls are so accurate. Right?

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Unknown said... You mean like creating Fake Stories about jobs returning to the US when they were already in the works months and years ago:

Yeah, we call that "jobs created or saved," buddy. As a metric it seemed to work pretty well for the last guy, so, you know.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

jacksonjay said...Since when did Heidi Cruz, Meryl Streep and John Lewis become "dishonest" media?

Well Lewis "became dishonest media" when he smeared members of the Tea Party peacefully protesting in DC as vicious racists who shouted racial slurs and spit on him. It didn't happen, but that's what he alleged (ie lied) and that's the story the Media ran with. So, you know, that's how he's the dishonest Media there.
Meryl Streep's a member of the Media...and her pose as a moral lecturer is itself a lie (as someone who stood up to applaud a convicted child rapist, etc), but that one's a little more esoteric, I'll grant.

Why do you guys keep making me side with Trump? If you just said "it's vulgar, unprofessional, and beneath the office of the President to Tweet like Trump does" I'd be happy to agree with you! When you say "John Lewis and Meryl Streep should get to attack Trump with whatever bullshit they want and he just has to take it (like all good Republicans should)" then I have to side with Trump.