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Today I remember a cowardly president with imaginary heel spurs.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/869170351049240576





https://twitter.com/IMTHERE5/status/869171262056280066

https://twitter.com/sarahkendzior/status/869172816154951681

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/290105-trump-got-five-draft-deferments-during-vietnam

Maybe this is what happened to Trump...



A seagull turned bright orange after falling into a vat of curry.

The bird fell into a container of chicken tikka masala while trying to scavenge a piece of meat from a food factory bin.

He was rescued by workers at the undisclosed site in south east Wales and picked up by a volunteer for Vale Wildlife Hospital near Tewkesbury.

Staff at the centre used washing up liquid to clean the gull's feathers.

They managed to return him back to his original white colour but have not been able to wash away the smell.

Lucy Kells, a veterinary nurse at the hospital in Worcestershire, said: "He really surprised everyone here - we had never seen anything like it before.

"The thing that shocked us the most was the smell. He smelled amazing, he really smelled good."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-36490552?ocid=socialflow_twitter

https://twitter.com/StevenNantz/status/869155539699159040

If you are a man & you bite a dog-that doesn't make you a master of anything. But it does make news

Trump Is NOT a Master Media Manipulator
Getting granular with the claim that Trump is some media wizard
That our President is a master of media manipulation is a view commonly expressed by American journalists. I doubt it



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My read: “The President can watch himself on TV and play pundit at the same time. I know that sounds impossible, but he gave us a live demo. In the White House. It’s real, folks. And let me tell you: the man is a champion television watcher. He’s incredible at it. Enormously sophisticated…”

Conclusion: To the claim that Trump is a master of media manipulation — which I doubt — I offer these alternatives:

1.) He cannot be shamed. Trump does not care if he is shown to be a liar, idiot, ignoramus, clown, or monster. Most people are not built like that. Therefore he can generate media attention without caring about the consequences. Most people are not built like that, either. Trump is exceptional, but this is different from saying he is a masterful. In fact, he’s a compulsive. Which is the opposite of mastery. Everything explained by attributing to Trump some genius for the media arts is better explained by his utter shamelessness, his malignant narcissism— and his indifference to being the clown figure.

2.) He is risk-friendly in a field where nearly all practitioners are risk-averse. This follows from what I just said. Enormously risky behavior is routine for Donald Trump, because he simply doesn’t care if he is shown to be a liar, idiot, ignoramus, clown, or ethical monster. Therefore he can accuse a previous President of the United States of a devilish crime without any evidence… and feel fine about it. It’s true that by these methods he dominates the news agenda and forces attention to his groundless charges, but “master media manipulator” is a poor description of the man who would do that.

3.) If you have opened yourself to manipulation, it’s less bad if a master of it did this to you. Think about it. If it takes a wizard to manipulate me, I must be pretty smart… right? When journalists testify to Trump’s genius as a mover of media they are bragging in a way they don’t quite realize. For they are implicitly saying: genius is required to manipulate us. Sorry, it’s not. Anyone in a position of power willing to float a false accusation can get you to cover it— and subvert your intention to cover something else. Anyone eager to make a spectacle of himself can create lurid headlines. Anyone smashing to bits norms of democratic governance will dominate the news agenda.

If you are a man, and you bite a dog, that does not make you a master of anything. But it does make of you news.


the rest:
http://pressthink.org/2017/05/getting-granular-claim-trump-media-wizard/

Exclusive photo of the senior administration official that said THIS:





https://twitter.com/PhilipinDC/status/868877582372089857

Thoughtful take on what a Kushner Mideast "peace plan" might actually be about from emptywheel







https://www.emptywheel.net/2017/05/28/what-would-jared-kushner-middle-east-peace-look-like/

And you call this a success Donny?

https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/868838228505350144














https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/merkel-warns-us-britain-no-longer-reliable-partners

https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/868838877653553153

Are they leaks, or lies? They can't be both, dummy.



https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/868807327130025984

"Twilight"

Takei re: "the cover up"

Trump was just reminded by his lawyers that the cover up is often far worse than even the natural color.

https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/status/868800733088559104

The sound of the US-led liberal international order being shattered

Merkel: We can't rely on the US anymore.
I have experienced this in the last days. We Europeans should take destiny in our own hands.




https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/merkel-warns-us-britain-no-longer-reliable-partners


https://twitter.com/andrewsweiss/status/868821405361688577

https://twitter.com/YanniKouts/status/868814107486679041


https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article165008816/Merkel-sieht-in-den-USA-keinen-verlaesslichen-Partner-mehr.html?wtrid=socialmedia.socialflow....socialflow_twitter
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