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3/1/2017

Trump Acts as an Anonymous Source After Complaining About Anonymous Sources

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:00 am



At his CPAC speech, Donald Trump made an excellent point about the media’s overuse of anonymous sources:

I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources. They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out. “A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible, horrible human being.” Let ’em say it to my face. Let there be no more “sources.”

And he was right about that. How many times has Big Media cited a “source” for an anti-Trump story, only to have the story blow up in their face? Yet they continue to do it.

Which makes it extra strange that Donald Trump himself was an anonymous source yesterday:

Donald Trump on Friday railed against the media’s use of anonymous sources in stories. Four days later, he was one.

In a private meeting with national news anchors ahead of his address to Congress Tuesday night, Trump went on background with reporters as a “senior administration official” to discuss issues like immigration, telling attendees that it was time for a legislative compromise from both parties.

“There’s got to be a coming together,” an “official” said, according to CNN. As BuzzFeed News reported, citing attendees at the meeting, Trump was the one to make that remark, among others attributed to the official.

Reporters were allowed to put some of Trump’s comments back on the record at 6 p.m., according to a person familiar with the terms of the meeting. CNN later updated its story, for instance, with a quote from Trump. “The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides,” he said.

Of course, the story that Trump was an anonymous source is based on . . . an anonymous source. So we have to keep our skeptical hats on as we analyze it. However, it easily checks out.

Tongues started to wag after stories like this article from CNN quoted an anonymous “senior administration official” as seeming to favor an amnesty-style program:

But the official said Trump does not see the bill as something that would necessarily upset Trump’s base, stressing that there would need to be “a softening on both sides.”

“It has to be a negotiation,” the official said, arguing that the bill theoretically could make people on both the “far right” and “far left” happy — and it’s a negotiation the President believes he could successfully broker, the official said.

The President believes that the nation is now in a position where it can pass immigration legislation after decades of failed efforts, and he believes the country is “exhausted.”
“There’s got to be a coming together,” the official said.

Allahpundit noted yesterday that the language sounded . . . very Trumpy:

You don’t often hear “softening” used as a noun but that’s exactly the word Trump famously chose last August when he described his (tentative, fleeting) evolution on immigration to Sean Hannity: “There could certainly be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people.” “A softening” is the term he reaches for when he wants to describe his willingness to compromise on amnesty. (The gratuitous emphasis on negotiation in the excerpt is also highly Trump-y, needless to say.)

Allahpundit also noted that the story followed hard on the heels of a meeting that news anchors had with Trump. Allahpundit’s conclusion: “the ‘senior official’ Blitzer spoke to is almost certainly Trump himself.”

BuzzFeed’s story simply confirms what everybody already knew.

The very notion of Trump going on background is more than vaguely ridiculous, given that he sounds like nobody else on Earth. I can easily imagine a story that reads like this:

A senior administration official said only Trump can fix the immigration crisis. According to the senior official: “We have to make a great deal. Big league. Nobody knows more about immigration than Donald Trump!” The senior official added: “We have to Make America Great Again, that I can tell you.”

Trump calling for an end to anonymous sources, and then acting as an anonymous source himself, is of course rank hypocrisy. When Obama engaged in hypocrisy — and he did — we called him out. Some conservatives will call out Trump for this. But others will resort to the partisan playbook that unprincipled hacks use to deal with stories they don’t like.

Which path you take is your choice.

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

75 Responses to “Trump Acts as an Anonymous Source After Complaining About Anonymous Sources”

  1. i don’t really take Mr. Trump to be calling for an end to anonymous sources so much as doing his bit to sensitize people to the oft-spurious role they play in what passes for reporting these days

    if you read carefully you’ll see that Mr. Trump is saying it’s specifically “the people that make up stories and make up sources” that should not be allowed to use them

    and so in context the sources he says should be disallowed are these fake ones

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  2. “Turner named another organizer, Curtis Avent.
    “He mentioned burning down city hall, he mentioned burning down the capitol building, he mentioned burning down the police station,” Turner said in the video.
    “These are things mentioned by organizers of Black Lives Matter St. Paul and people were behind it,” he said. “I was not behind it.”
    According to Turner, organizers believed the public buildings represented “white privilege” and they needed to be burned down.
    He said an unnamed organizer justified kicking the press out of their protests because it was “white media” that would “only show the protesters being violent.”
    Turner said they kept the media out so their actions would not be exposed.
    CNN is the only media they really approved of. The liberal media held back a lot of the things Black Lives Matter was doing,” Turner contends.
    According to Turner, police were “afraid” to do anything to the BLM organizers for fear of being called racists.”

    http://www.infowars.com/former-black-lives-matter-activist-leaders-wanted-to-burn-mn-govs-mansion-capitol/

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  3. Were John Miller and John Barron available for comment? We are talking about a guy who masqueraded as his publicists on the phone to reporters.

    It’s a trademark Trump tactic to accuse others of what he is most guilty of. Lying, adultery, election rigging, being Putin’s puppet …. If Trump says X ate the grape jelly, you can be sure he has purple stains around his mouth.

    nk (dbc370)

  4. Gosh, you #NeverTrumpers never tire of this sort of crapola, do you?

    Then again, I never met a prosecutor with something more than a one-track mind!

    Colonel Bogey (f4747e)

  5. Trump’s not a newspaper.

    He’s not in the business of reporting news.

    So his failure to deliver news in a professional manner is of no relevance whatever to anything.

    In an ideal America, if you want news, you turn to a news organization.

    If you want management, you turn to Trump.

    If you want fake news, you turn to the Democrats.

    Different jobs, different criteria for virtue.

    tom swift (827f2e)

  6. Yes the press will print anything ie from laufman, except the truth, see Dr. Evil.

    narciso (d1f714)

  7. WOW!

    Come on Trump fans, give us this one. Trump being an anonymous source is hilarious hypocrisy. It’s not the first time… he did this way before he ran for office too, only he was praising himself then.

    osh, you #NeverTrumpers never tire of this sort of crapola, do you?

    On the contrary I think we’re tired of it! The guy was begging for leaks of classified US Intel from Russia, now he’s hunting leakers down. He loved Wikileaks and now he’s having his staff’s phones searched.

    Different jobs, different criteria for virtue.

    I don’t see how that is. I’m not a journalist but my idea of virtue is to tell the truth, take responsibility for your conduct, and live the golden rule as best as you can. If I say someone was wrong to do something (use an anon source) and then I facilitate that exact same thing when it benefits me, that’s not being honest, that’s not taking responsibility for my conduct, and that’s not living the golden rule because now I’m treating others exactly was I did not want to be treated.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  8. I’m more curious as to the content of the Gang of Nine immigration omnibus. I know it will exclude Bad Hombres but what about the other 90% of illegals?

    Rick Ballard (2d3a64)

  9. Listen to me people
    I ain’t got time to think about money
    Or what it can buy
    And I ain’t got time to sit down and wonder
    What make the birdies fly
    And I don’t have time to think about
    What makes the flowers grow
    And I’ve never given it a second thought
    To where the rivers flow
    Too busy thinkin’ ’bout that Trumpey
    And I ain’t got time for nothin’ else
    Too busy thinkin’ ’bout that Trumpey
    And I ain’t got time for nothin’ else

    .

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  10. You can’t tell the difference between defamatory representations and idle speculation?

    narciso (f2dcec)

  11. “QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED:

    Is February 28, 2017, ‘The Night the Democratic Party Died’?
    —Roger L. Simon, last night.

    But the moment of the night came when Trump singled out Carryn Owens, the recently widowed wife of Special Officer Ryan Owens, a Navy SEAL killed during a raid in Yemen. There are still questions to be answered about the operation itself, some of which Owens’ father is demanding and deserves, but as the gallery stood and applauded for Carryn Owens, she broke out in tears and gratitude, at times looking up and mouthing words. The ovation lasted over two minutes. During the ovation, several Democrats were caught on camera remaining in their seats, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ellison and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    Perhaps they felt the scene was exploitative, as several news personalities pointed out on Twitter, which is fine, but this was the party that rolled out Gold Star family members Khizr Muazzam Khan and Ghazala Khan during the Democrat National Convention and paraded them around cable news for a week in response to Trump’s flippant comments. Maybe, just maybe, both families, Khan and Owens are deserving of ovations. If the reason Democrats can’t rise and applaud the widow of a fallen service member, or victims of violent crime, or American companies based in the heartland of the country is fear of a backlash from their base, maybe the base they are catering to is the problem.”

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/258609/

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  12. But too busy thinkin’ ’bout that Trumpey…

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  13. I praise Trump when he does right and criticize him when he does wrong.

    Some others praise Trump when he does right and engage in laughable partisan spin when he does wrong. We have seen several examples of the latter in this thread already.

    I’m not going to bother to refute the laughable garbage I am seeing. The holes in the logic are plain to anyone willing to see them, and invisible to those who are not. You don’t need me to refute arguments that are self-refuting. You don’t need me to explain that Trump actually said the words he said as opposed to commenters’ made-up recharacterizations, or that the hypocrisy does not arise from an accusation that he is a news provider, or any number of perfectly obvious points.

    What confuses me is why I continue to be disappointed. It’s not that I keep expecting something more from some people, since experience has shown that to be a foolish expectation. It’s that I expect precisely what I see here and yet continue to be disappointed by it. At what point does that stop, I wonder?

    Patterico (31088f)

  14. Did the claim make sense, like with the dodgy dossier then dont print it, they seem to have great skill in ignoring the aan-attar connection, despite its a real thing

    narciso (bbf23f)

  15. I find it amusing what the nevertrumpers are reduced to criticizing. Can’t wait to read these pages and see what crimes and misdemeanors are committed next! Spitting on the Whitehouse lawn? Wearing white before memorial day?

    It’s a slaughterhouse of villainy and wickedness I tells ya!

    Leon (feb2a4)

  16. The only laughable garbage I see is Roger Simon’s take that the Democratic party may be dead.

    If politics teaches us anything it’s that people who many write off as fools can be good, even great and others hailed as messiahs can be destructive, dishonest partisans.

    Trump gave a really nice speech last night and the two efforts here have been woefully lacking and nit-pickety….a search to find something to criticize and ignore the very substantial remainder, but then listening to the actual speech might’ve helped.

    The league of disappointed contains more than the Never-Trumpers.

    harkin (afc7a6)

  17. I think the hypocrisy is a prosecutor (not necessarily Mr. Patterico) who constantly uses “anonymous” sources, then he or she complains about others using anonymous sources. I tire of hearing cops say in almost all preliminary hearings in drug cases “the privilege” (meaning the informer’s privilege) to the judge, and the defense attorney sits there like a lump on a log.

    Daniel (a1e7ab)

  18. ie “If you guys don’t agree with me that this is the worst thing in the world ever (even though I admit that considering the source it may or may not even be true) then you are such and such.”

    Horse apples.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  19. Harkin,

    You’re absolutely right. The folks who called the GOP dead and then celebrated President “I Won” as they rammed stuff through did not recognize that they created the next wave. Same for anyone calling the democrats dead. I think the democrats are traditionally an ideology free party, dedicated to winning, that can’t shift quite over to Trump because of race politics, but will do its best. They will be back.

    I think the hypocrisy is a prosecutor (not necessarily Mr. Patterico) who constantly uses “anonymous” sources, then he or she complains about others using anonymous sources. I tire of hearing cops say in almost all preliminary hearings in drug cases “the privilege” (meaning the informer’s privilege) to the judge, and the defense attorney sits there like a lump on a log.

    Daniel

    Do they really use criminal informants to secure convictions? I thought they used them for warrants, and if the warrants yield proof then I guess they were right. Not to be cavalier about it… this is a serious issue if you can’t confront your accusers, but the law is an imperfect tool.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  20. Strawman alert! Inability to argue honestly, five-yard penalty.

    Let me respond in kind:

    Since papertiger is now on record saying he supports hypocrisy, we can discount his opinions accordingly.

    Oh gosh arguing like an Internet idiot is fun hurr hurr.

    Patterico (31088f)

  21. Talking with people who defend this is not worth my time.

    Patterico (31088f)

  22. I’m not sure you should equate background briefings that are either off the record or not for attribution, and an source who is leaking information that is not for public disclosure and only does so on the promise he won’t be exposed.

    To me it’s an apples and oranges comparison.

    Shipwreckedcrew (141030)

  23. I think there’s a difference between a government official giving background in the presence of multiple reporters and being unnamed because it’s “off the record”; and an anonymous source who supposedly told one reporter something, and we can’t even be sure any source actually existed.

    Ken in Camarillo (c5b86d)

  24. Comments 22 & 23 “crossed in the mail”.

    Ken in Camarillo (c5b86d)

  25. 22 and 23… that does not support the narrative.

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  26. Have you worked with laufman, shipwrecked, main justice counter Intel, maybe I’m mistaken.

    narciso (74c777)

  27. One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass.
    Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate.

    He asked one man, “Why are you eating grass ?”

    “We don’t have any money for food,” the poor man replied.
    “We have to eat grass.”

    “Well, then… you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you,” the lawyer said.

    “But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there eating grass under that tree.”

    “Bring them along,” the lawyer replied.

    Turning to the second poor man he stated, “You may come with us, also.”

    The other man, in a pitiful voice, then said, “But sir, I also have a wife and six children with me!”

    “Bring them all as well,” the lawyer answered.

    They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine.

    Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”

    The lawyer replied, “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place.

    The grass is almost a foot high.”

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  28. Now that’s funny. About time reading my comments made me happy! More jokes please

    Patterico (31088f)

  29. 22 and 23 express the issue with a precision that Trump did it.

    I know, I know, you can’t take him literally, he’s the one guy on Earth who gets a special pass for things he actually says because just because

    Patterico (31088f)

  30. i have literally had people defend Trump giving background briefings while pretending to be another person. In fact now that I remind you of it, some of you are about to defend and minimize it again.

    Patterico (31088f)

  31. I would love to respond but I have no idea about what point you are trying to make.

    Shipwreckedcrew (141030)

  32. Here’s some stinks on ice fake news; Antarctica sets new record high temperature.

    Designed to sell global warming to rubes. First of all a one off temp isn’t climate (warmers never fail to mention some variation of that when the topic is record snow fall; record low temps; an exceptionally brutal winter – it’s just record highs where they run out of space for the disclaimer).

    Second this record temp on Antarctica is going to be invariably on the Penninsula, Esperanza station. The very tip of the furthest you can get from the South Pole and still technically be described as Antarctica. 63° 24′ 0″ S, 56° 59′ 0″ W
    Comparable to Fairbanks Alaska, Trondheim Norway, or Reykjavík Iceland on the Northern Hemisphere.

    Third – When you read the article you find out that this “record” temp happened a few years ago. They’ve been sitting on the “news” for a rainy day, like when a new President announces he’s going to shut down the global warming wing of the EPA. Totally different impression than you get from the headline.

    Forth – Is this a change in the status quo for Antarctica? Is this one off unusual or noteworthy for Esperanza Station? The answer is not really, but who can say? Esperanza temperatures until just now weren’t included in the big picture of Antarctica because scientists used to define Antarctica as the land mass below the Antarctic Circle.
    It’s for propaganda purposes that they include Esperanza this time, so they could create the alarmist headline.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  33. Warmer air means more moisture from oceans is held in the air, meaning more snowfall. A lot of the increased snowfall is compatible with global warming, even if we associate snow with cold.

    I personally do not think man-made global warming is even close to proven, and I think the ‘hide the decline’ stuff should increase skepticism of the theory but record snow fall would tend to confirm the theory.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  34. So the last ice age, when glacier rock was deposited in Central Park, carried by ice miles thick, gouging out the Great Lakes, that was the warmest Earth has ever been!

    Don’t cha love warmer logic?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  35. i know the truth

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  36. Allowing ctrl-left radical leftist democrats to hijack the climate debate turned what could have been a worthy scientific endeavor into a political and economic cash cow. So now the whole idea is voodoo science and they have no one to blame but….Algore!

    AGW=Voodoo science

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  37. papertiger,

    glacier rock is not snow, but it’s possible glaciers moving are related to warming.

    The environment is very complicated, but I think global warming is a crude effort to grab power. Truth is we already should want to avoid air pollution for its own sake.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  38. I knew you’d see the light, hippy jesus. Praise um… you?

    I’ll agree that shrinking glaciers are evidenced of global cooling if you’ll agree that co2 is plant food and a necessity rather than a pollutant.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  39. More on the diabolical Donald Trump…

    “FORMER MISS USA: Donald Trump made me great again.

    I was 20 in 2006 when I was crowned Miss USA. Few people knew my name and my “Miss USA story.” Later that year, millions knew my name because of my real story, the story I didn’t want shared. I became famous as “Mess USA” when my boss — now the president of the United States — tossed me into rehab after I tested positive for cocaine. Rather than strip me of my crown or add to the negative press with a humiliation campaign, Donald Trump surprised me, and shocked the world, when he held a news conference and declared: “Tara is going to be given a second chance.”

    It was 10 years ago that I got out of treatment, and I thank him for my 10 years of recovery. I will always be profoundly grateful. He saved my life and, essentially, made me great again.”

    Huh. That doesn’t fit the narrative.

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/258624/

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  40. carbon dioxide is not a pollutant it’s nummy nummy plant food

    everyone knows it too

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  41. You are absolutely correct, Dustin. Bak in the 60’s (yeah, that old) everybody was very interested in cleaning up the air, earth and water. We all understood the toll pollution was inflicting on our lives, our health and our planet. It didn’t matter if you were Republican or Democrat, rich or poor, what race or nationality everybody wanted to help clean up Mother Earth.

    Then the politicians got involved as did the “advocates”, lawyers, and of course the anti capitalists who thought they could used pollution to help bring down capitalism. So everything became a political money game and instead if everybody working together they started picking sides.

    But once when I was told by some leftist idiot if I didn’t agree with his idea of AGW I was a “denier” and I was for dirty water and air is when I realized it turned from science to religion for them and I already had a religion. Now as far as I’m concerned it’s voodoo science.

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  42. So last evening I’m walking to Irving Park and Pulaski and at the corner I see a Trumpkin crouched over looking for something on the ground. I ask, “What’s going on?” He says, “I lost my wallet”. I say, “Sorry to hear that, I’ll help you look for it”. So for the next twenty minutes we scour that intersection, all four corners, but don’t find the wallet. Finally, I ask him, “Are you sure this is where you lost it? He says, “On, no, I didn’t lose it here. I lost it in the alley behind the Walgreens”. I ask him, “Then why the hell are you looking for it over here?” And he says, “The light’s better over here”.

    nk (dbc370)

  43. CO2… the Invisible Polar Bear Killer!

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  44. Q: What do you call 25 skydiving lawyers?
    A: Skeet

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  45. Q: What do you call 25 attorneys buried up to their chins in cement?
    A: Not enough cement.

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  46. Q: How do you get a lawyer out of a tree?
    A: Cut the rope.

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  47. What do you do for a living, Haiku? I can’t imagine that the commission for copy-pasting links from Pajama Media and Ace is enough to live on, so I assume you must have another job.

    Leviticus (efada1)

  48. There’s no hypocrisy to see here. DJT rages about anonymous sources. DJT talks to the press. The press quotes him accurately. No worries.

    The sourcing was not anonymous since HE KNEW the source!

    I await my nomination to the Ninth Circus.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  49. Well said, Hoagie. It basically is like a religion pursuing heretics to merely express normal skepticism of global warming theories. But more frustrating is that of course we shouldn’t want to pollute our water or air if we can avoid that. The need for an end-of-world scenario is just a play for power, but the truth is that if we want to take the environment seriously, we have many improvements we could make. Nuclear power could reduce cancer (from air pollution) by replacing a lot of fossil fuel burning, for example.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  50. but colonel haiku
    lawyers are needed to defend lawyers when they inevitably get in trouble with the law

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  51. Q: Why to lawyers wear neckties?
    A: To keep the foreskin from crawling up their chins.

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  52. Q: What’s brown and looks really good on a lawyer?
    A: A Doberman

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  53. Awan brothers? wtf no media coverage all.

    mg (31009b)

  54. One day, there was this lawyer who had just bought a new car, and he was eager to show it off to his colleagues, when all of a sudden an eighteen wheeler came out of nowhere and took of the driver’s side door with him standing right there.

    “NOOO!” he screamed, because he knew that no matter how good a mechanic tried to fix it, it never would be the same.

    Finally, a cop came by, and the lawyer ran up to him yelling. “MY JAGUAR DOOR WAS JUST RUINED BY SOME FOOLISH DRIVER!!!” he exclaimed.

    “You’re a lawyer aren’t you?” asked the policeman.

    “Yes, I am, but what does this have to do with my car?!?!” the lawyer asked.

    “HA! You lawyers are always so damned materialistic. All you care about is your possessions. I bet you didn’t even notice that your left arm is missing and you’re bleeding out, did you?” the cop said.

    The lawyer looked down at his side and screamed “Ahhhhhhhh……..MY ROLEX!”

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  55. Three Trumpkins walk into a building. You’d think one of them would have seen it.

    nk (dbc370)

  56. A man was chosen for jury duty who really wanted to be dismissed from serving. He tried every excuse he could think of but none of them worked. On the day of the trial, he decided to give it one more shot. As the trial was about to begin, he asked if he could approach the bench.

    “Your Honor,” he said, “I feel I must be excused from this trial because I am prejudiced against the defendant. I took one look at the man in the blue suit with those beady eyes, bad teeth and that dishonest face and I said ‘He’s a crook! He’s gotta be guilty! So, your Honor, I cannot possibly stay on this jury!”

    With a tired annoyance the judge replied, “Get back in the jury box, you damned fool. That man is the defendant’s lawyer.”

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  57. A Trumpkin walks into a bar. He didn’t see the cell door was closed.

    nk (dbc370)

  58. A woman went to her doctor for advice. She told the physician that her husband had developed a penchant for anal sex, and she wasn’t sure it was such a good idea.

    The doctor asked, “Do you enjoy it?” She said that she did. He asked, “Does it hurt you?” She said no. The Doctor then told her, “Well, then, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t practice anal sex, if that’s what you like, so long as you take care not to get pregnant.”

    The woman was mystified. She asked, “You can get pregnant from anal sex?” The Doctor replied, “Of course. Where do you think lawyers come from?”

    The woman blushed and said “my husband is a lawyer.”

    The Doctor replied, “well tell your husband to leave his work at the office. All work and no play makes for a dull boy.”

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  59. Apologies, there is speculation he may be one if the Leakers, his time as a company analyst, would suggest he had the right level clearances his part in the October surprise investigation against against newt suggest motive. He was high in ashcrofts staff.

    narciso (d1f714)

  60. Those damn Texans, wall up the Red and the Panhndle.

    urbanleftbehind (53f987)

  61. There is a certain pot calling the kettle factor here

    https://heatst.com/world/german-government-issues-travel-warning-for-sweden/

    narciso (d1f714)

  62. Fetch me a tankard of ale, wench. America has been a slave to hypocrisy from the cotton-pickin’ minute it was quilled into being with quips like ‘all men are created equal.’

    “Some apes it seems are more equal than others.” – George Taylor [Charlton Heston] ‘Planet of the Apes’ 1968

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  63. Alternate headline: Trump proves anonymous sources can’t be trusted to tell the whole truth

    crazy (d3b449)

  64. Some funny stuff from Ace… http://ace.mu.nu/archives/368649.php

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  65. nk (dbc370) — 3/1/2017 @ 2:46 pm

    Got to do better. That joke was already an old one when my zayde told it. Except it was about one of the wise men of Chelm losing a kopeck on the street in Minsk.

    kishnevi (0cb353)

  66. If we’re going to go there, there are only three real lawyer jokes, too. All the other anecdotes are true.

    nk (dbc370)

  67. “Trump calling for an end to anonymous sources, and then acting as an anonymous source himself, is of course rank hypocrisy. When Obama engaged in hypocrisy — and he did — we called him out. Some conservatives will call out Trump for this. But others will resort to the partisan playbook that unprincipled hacks use to deal with stories they don’t like.

    Which path you take is your choice.”

    Here’s the thing though, republicans call out the democrats, and democrats call out the republicans, and republicans call out the republicans. Then the republicans never figure out why the country is ways drifting left.

    Now I’m not saying republicans should never be critical of their own, but it seems republicans, especially. Conservatives, demand a level of purity that is not found in the human race, and in their haste to throw the first stone end up cutting off their nose to spite their face.

    Play the Freak’in game people. It don’t work to walk out on the field, proclaim our principles the best, and demand the trophy. We gotta make the plays. Calling fouls on our own players ain’t going to get’er done.

    If Trump gets caught in an impeachable offence, I promise, Ill be right there with you condemning him. But this constant picking of nits is counterproductive, stupid, and self destructive. You want to know why conservatism never wins? That is why conservatism never wins. Work on purifying yourself, grow up, climb off your high horse, and deal with the real world where no man is without sin, but we forge ahead with what we are. The left gets this in their godless splendor, why not those proclaiming their faith?

    Or keep throwing stones at those less virtuous than your own self rightous selves, either or.

    Leon (feb2a4)

  68. http://www.floppingaces.net/2017/03/01/no-george-bush-did-not-criticize-donald-trump-he-agreed-with-trump/

    Let me get my clown nose on so I can dance around the road apples.

    nukk, nukk, nukk.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  69. Patterico:

    I can easily imagine a story that reads like this:
    A senior administration official said only Trump can fix the immigration crisis. According to the senior official: “We have to make a great deal. Big league. Nobody knows more about immigration than Donald Trump!” The senior official added: “We have to Make America Great Again, that I can tell you.”

    Wasn’t there an actual quotation from “a Senior Administration Official” in a comment in another thread, that went:

    Nobody knows more about immigration than me – I mean President Trump.

    Sammy Finkelman (8dcc71)


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