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Sun Oct 6, 2019, 04:59 PM

Visiting foreign journalists call out Trump's increasingly erratic behavior. Why won't D.C. press?

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/10/6/1890074/-Visiting-foreign-journalists-call-out-Trump-s-increasingly-erratic-behavior-Why-won-t-D-C-press


Visiting foreign journalists call out Trump's increasingly erratic behavior. Why won't D.C. press?
Eric Boehlert for Daily Kos
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Sunday October 06, 2019 10:15 AM EDT


Donald Trump's stupefying public performances last Wednesday as the widening collusion scandal continued to gain momentum were stunning, even by his erratic standards. Trump uncorked rambling, incoherent, angry, whiny monologues that were filled with lies and rattled conspiracy theories. That's when he wasn't yelling at a Reuters reporter and threatening to sue members of Congress. Incredibly, both disturbing Alex Jones-style performances were delivered inside the White House by a sitting American president.

The two sessions with reporters advertised an unstable man who clearly is not attached to reality and has no interest trying to be. They featured a president who had trouble articulating coherent thoughts and who lied at an astonishing rate. They really did perfectly capture the lunacy that has become the Trump presidency. But how did the Beltway press cover the mighty Trump meltdown, and specifically his joint press conference with the president of Finland?

Much of the Beltway press whitewashed the event, watering it down to seem as if Trump had merely been contentious and aggressive. Trump was in a "stormy" mood, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, The Washington Post depicted the entire debacle as merely a "fiery," "combative" event (a "roller coaster", and the Wall Street Journal stressed Trump's "free wheeling style." For news consumers, "stormy," "fiery" and "free wheeling" don't sound like there's reason for alarm, right? Those descriptors seem almost normal. They represent acceptable behavior by mainstream politicians, and don't even hint that Trump might be some kind of sociopath who uncorked epic, shocking meltdowns in plain view last week.

But so it goes at the Trump White House, as American reporters have become accustomed to turning Trump's erratic, unstable performances into something that appears to be not so unusual. In contrast though, foreign journalists, and particularly foreign journalists who travel to the U.S. and watch Trump's bizarre actions in person, don't have the same interest in normalizing him. Stunned visitors covering the same president, and who are likely less concerned about maintaining White House access, often present a much more accurate, and far less filtered look at Trump's disturbing conduct.

In Finland, Trump's deranged press conference last week was dubbed a "Trump circus" by one leading newspaper, while a headline in the UK's Independent accurately called Trump's presser "rambling" and "furious." It seems journalists who view the Trump insanity from a different perspective aren't so circumspect about accurately describing the insanity that's unfolding in front of them.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 05:09 PM

1. Aw, what do them "furiners" know.......

about our *president?

Apparently, more than many of us do.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 05:12 PM

2. Corporate owners have not given the go-ahead yet.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 05:24 PM

4. Exactly

what I was thinking.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 06:47 PM

6. Yep.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 05:24 PM

3. NPR won't call him a liar, a fascist or emotionally and mentally stunted.

Anyone paying attention knows he is all of those things.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 05:40 PM

5. "Trump is stark raving mad, but that's normal with Republicans and we're used to it"

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 08:54 PM

16. and the follow-up -- "Disarrayed Democrats fail to fix deranged President."

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 06:48 PM

7. They are afraid of getting their press credentials yanked

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Response to HipChick (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 07:30 PM

11. So what? What good are they anyway?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 06:55 PM

8. I heard one visiting journalist say she

really doesn't know how American journalist can even write a story quoting him since he is so unfocused and makes no sense. Just from a writer's perspective, not a political perspective, he is very difficult to write about in a factual, objective way.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 07:03 PM

9. umm ratings and click bait?

it is time for True patriots to make an effort other than copy,paste,,
drump knows this and is playing us to this point. Post and paste all facts you want,,this is what is happening.I see most responses here, to well written posts as simply I didn't read it all because I am so smart, and dont need to read it all,,I KNOW.
THE idiot knows and he is playing us,,no snips or anything,our country is to short attn spanned. so are our
Democratic voters.. I'm changing my posts to those thoughts,, and challenging these voters we need,,way early, before its too late. My focus now turns to folks "online" who rush through and think they "know"

This will now be my fight,along with facts we post,,some research and know,,most read only headlines and think they know


koz

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 07:10 PM

10. They just want to make sure there's a real horse race!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 07:40 PM

12. give me an N. an O. an R. a M. an A. an L. an I. a Z. an E.

what's that spell?

NORMALIZE!

why?

ACCESS!

MONEY!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 07:46 PM

13. DC press won't call Trump on his bullshit because they're afraid of losing their access.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 07:51 PM

14. "Trump circus" works for me. Bring on the clown cars! nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 07:56 PM

15. bc they rich af themselves. that tax break was sweet. not really but somewhat

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