Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Publicity Without Accountability"


Disgusting Donnie.

Despicable Donnie.

Fake President!

And losing more Republicans the longer he's in the White House.

I think we all know the answer to that.

You know damned well he watches Morning Joe.  This is what set him off:

And he could well be one - a drunk, that is.  People do exist who hide their drinking.

At any rate, he's mean.  Drunk or not.  He's a mean, small-minded pig.  My apologies to swine everywhere.

And his daily tweets and attention hounding are good cover for the Republican agenda, because who can pay attention to anything but the nasty clown?

For instance:

President Trump’s dubious “election integrity” commission is stepping up its activity in a big way ahead of a first meeting scheduled for July: Kris Kobach (R-KS), the vice chair of the commission and architect of many laws making it more difficult to vote, sent letters Thursday to all 50 secretaries of state demanding they turn over all publicly-available data from their voter rolls.


The commission’s self-described mission focuses heavily on voter fraud, despite the fact that study after study has found that voter fraud is an extremely rare occurrence.


The information Kobach requested of secretaries of state includes:
The full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information.
A president automatically commands airtime; this president, through his Twitter feed, automatically commands attention. But publicity without accountability is the antithesis of democracy. Reporters questioning elected officials serve in this sense as surrogates for the public.

Remember back when Trump and his campaign were busy blasting Hillary Clinton for failing to hold a news conference.


Trump gets to make his remarks, coddled by Fox News. Then White House press secretary Sean Spicer, with the cameras not rolling, gets to cite them as a shield against providing further information: “I believe that the president’s remarks on ‘Fox & Friends’ this morning reflect the president’s position.”

Is this what our democracy has been reduced to? We in the media can’t make Trump take our questions. But supinely accepting his silence threatens to normalize the distinctly abnormal.

No media access to the president.  No cameras in the press room.   Why?

Dangerous for democracy.

UPDATE 6/30:

Glenn is right. And he could have added, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, 40 years ago, 50 years ago, and 60 years ago. And WILL continue to be until the day he dies, I have no doubt.

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