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Sat May 25, 2019, 02:10 PM

'The president's insane': book by CNN's Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press

Acosta’s book, subtitled A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, will be published on 11 June. The Guardian obtained a copy.

True to the style of Washington political reporting often complained about by Trump, Acosta mostly uses unnamed sources, many of whom are said to have spoken over social drinks. They are often blunt in their assessment of their boss. A “senior White House official” tells Acosta: “The president’s insane.”


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/25/jim-acosta-cnn-white-house-trump-book-enemy-of-the-people

We've known this, but it does beg the question: What kind of people willingly work for a man who is out of his mind?

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Reply 'The president's insane': book by CNN's Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press (Original post)
LudwigPastorius May 2019 OP
BlueJac May 2019 #1
LudwigPastorius May 2019 #2
Dennis Donovan May 2019 #3
EleanorR May 2019 #5
Dennis Donovan May 2019 #7
Skittles May 2019 #6
Dennis Donovan May 2019 #9
Skittles May 2019 #10
Skittles May 2019 #4
SergeStorms May 2019 #16
Skittles May 2019 #19
SergeStorms May 2019 #23
Skittles May 2019 #24
Mc Mike May 2019 #8
CDerekGo May 2019 #11
mia May 2019 #15
djacq May 2019 #12
busterbrown May 2019 #13
Kurt V. May 2019 #14
Boomer May 2019 #17
Kurt V. May 2019 #21
MagickMuffin May 2019 #18
Grammy23 May 2019 #20
Boomerproud May 2019 #22
ProudLib72 May 2019 #27
Grammy23 May 2019 #28
ck4829 May 2019 #25
dewsgirl May 2019 #26
oasis May 2019 #29
dewsgirl May 2019 #30

Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 02:13 PM

1. K&R

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 02:21 PM

2. Nice to know the White House staff is getting up to speed on things...

almost two years later.


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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 02:31 PM

3. So this book is neutered by "Acosta mostly uses unnamed sources"

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #3)

Sat May 25, 2019, 02:39 PM

5. That is something trump complains about

Why would his opinion hold sway?

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Response to EleanorR (Reply #5)

Sat May 25, 2019, 02:48 PM

7. That's my point. It's easily assailed (by assholes like Trump) due to that descriptive point.

Sources are sources. It's up to the journalist (and their readers) to vet the sources.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #3)

Sat May 25, 2019, 02:39 PM

6. he is a journalist

a lot of his information would come from unnamed sources

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Sat May 25, 2019, 02:50 PM

9. Of course. But why did the article point that out?

My gripe is that, the second paragraph of the article was quick to point out that sources were "unnamed". If sources were forced to go on the record, no one would ever talk.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #9)

Sat May 25, 2019, 02:56 PM

10. yes that does seem a bit misleading

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 02:38 PM

4. adding that to my Must Read list

Mr. Acosta has been onto Trump from the start.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #4)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:05 PM

16. I think the only people who aren't onto Trump...

are mostly people who knew nothing, or very little, about him in the first place. It would be a little easier to swallow Trump's lies if you didn't know he was a scumbag from the beginning. Anyone who's paid attention to the news in the past fifteen years would at least have a cursory knowledge of the orange idiot. Many mid-west and western Americans had no idea who Donald Trump was. All they probably knew was that he's wealthy. Well..... supposedly wealthy. They should know by now that he's a lying sack of excrement, but many still buy into the myth of Trump.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #16)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:16 PM

19. people who are STILL supporting Trump, they have to be racists

there's really no other explanation

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Response to Skittles (Reply #19)

Sun May 26, 2019, 12:50 AM

23. Racists and...

those who are complete dumb shits.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #23)

Sun May 26, 2019, 02:26 AM

24. well, you have to be a stupid fucking asshole to *BE* racist

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 02:50 PM

8. Crazy people, criminal opportunists -- you know, nazis.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:36 PM

11. Some will ask

Then why work for this Orange Nazi? Some folks have worked in the White House for decades. Hairplug Himmler made sure to fire certain ones upon arrival, believe he made sure to terminate the Butler? Maybe even a Chef or two? But there are those who have made a Career out of their Federal Employment. Perhaps they began their employment during the Reagan years, Bush 1, then Clinton, Bush 2, Obama, now they are patiently waiting for retirement age, so they can get the F**K out of there, Federal Pension (with Health Insurance) in hand. Not everyone can leave a well-paying Federal Job, move and get same pay, and benefits.

I know, I know, it's easy to criticize, but having been there through from Clinton, Bush 2, then Obama, I was NEVER so happy to be able to retire early after Orangesicle grasped power and took over Our Country. Not all are as fortunate. Not all can walk away. We all have mortgages and Utilities, Insurance, groceries. Easy to forget.

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Response to CDerekGo (Reply #11)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:02 PM

15. Well said.

It goes with the territory for government employees at the state and local levels too.
Many a teacher has had to suffer through the tenure of bad principals.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:42 PM

12. On my Amazon List.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:54 PM

13. I'll Tell ya.. Its all about the Perks

These guys get a very nice Salary...lots of Perks... and always have an excuse to leave the wife home alone!! While they go play.. Yep! Its always about the money!

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:56 PM

14. if trump is truly insane, if he has an anomaly in his brain, i couldn't hold him accountable.

that would be hard reconcile. more likely its his lifetime view that everybody is a sucker except him.

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Response to Kurt V. (Reply #14)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:10 PM

17. He's an exteme narcissist

Technically, it's categorized as a "personality disorder", but at the extreme end where Trump resides, it's akin to mental illness.

He is literally incapable of controlling his emotional reactions, which are basically just ego defenses. All of his energy is focused on propping up his self-image as the greatest in everything. That's not just the bombast of a con artist; he really believes this. Any threat to that self-image has to be eliminated, and any event that casts doubt on his exceptional abilities much be reworked into a more acceptable reality: people are wrong, people are lying, people are out to get him because they are jealous.

It's that recasting of reality that makes him so dangerous in a position of power. He is incapable of understanding facts that do no support his limited world-view in which he is the hero, and he will fight like a cornered rat to preserve his view.

He's also uninterested in anything that is not about himself. He is the center of the universe and everyone else is part of the audience. They are useful only to the degree that they show their adoration of him.

I hold the people who support him as accountable. He is unfit for the presidency, but they are either unwilling to face that fact or they think he can be manipulated. Trump really can't help being himself, but everyone around him could make the decision to stop treating him like a sane person.

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Response to Boomer (Reply #17)

Sat May 25, 2019, 06:00 PM

21. i agree with all of that. but what if those same ppl who support him also suffer from the same

Personality disorder but to a lesser degree and use trump as their proxy.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:16 PM

18. To answer your question


The very people who can manipulate the system and take advantage of the government purse.



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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:18 PM

20. I can't believe someone has not secretly recorded him


During some of his more insane rants. There were some who thought Omarosa had tapes to back up some of her assertions and maybe she does. Perhaps saving them for the perfect moment to release them?

I’m not sure what is the correct psychological term for what is wrong with him. So many terms have been used to try to pin down the problem. Malignant Narcissist seems to fit nicely.

I will be so glad (and I live in hope) to finally know why so many people who know more than we do about how crazy he is choose to do nothing —putting all of us at risk. It will be the most important story since our nation was founded, I truly believe. We are teetering on collapse and nothing is done. All I want to know is WHY?

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Response to Grammy23 (Reply #20)

Sat May 25, 2019, 06:16 PM

22. Brilliant post Grammy.

Why indeed. Over 40% of the population has caused this self-inflicted scourge on all of us. They will never admit their mistake. Pride really does come before the fall.

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Response to Grammy23 (Reply #20)

Sun May 26, 2019, 10:46 AM

27. I thought Omarosa did record him

Why have we never heard those recordings?

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #27)

Sun May 26, 2019, 02:56 PM

28. I thought she implied she had something more --


Like perhaps recordings. But surely she’d have released them by now if she had them. Unless....he has something on her and she can’t let the cat out of the bag. At least not now. Seems like everyone that knows the inside story kind of dummies up after a while. Omarosa seemed like she was going to come out guns blazing after tRump. After the initial bang, not much has happened. So maybe they did get to her, too.

You can’t make this sh*t up. Better than fiction and 1000 times more scary.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 09:27 AM

25. K&R

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 10:32 AM

26. I hope he narrates the audiobook.

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #26)

Sun May 26, 2019, 03:13 PM

29. That would be nice, I like Acosta's voice and delivery. nt

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Response to oasis (Reply #29)

Sun May 26, 2019, 04:33 PM

30. I adore him which sucks, because I have completely given

up on CNN.

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