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Thu Feb 16, 2017, 03:27 PM

John King of CNN just said

he received a text from a Rep Senator who said during the presser that Trump should be discussing this w/ a therapist, not the press! Whoa!!

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Reply John King of CNN just said (Original post)
OldHippieChick Feb 16 OP
uppityperson Feb 16 #1
gademocrat7 Feb 16 #2
NotThisTime Feb 16 #3
MoonRiver Feb 16 #6
Bernardo de La Paz Feb 16 #10
MoonRiver Feb 16 #11
DK504 Feb 16 #14
lunatica Feb 16 #15
samnsara Feb 16 #22
HipChick Feb 16 #4
lagomorph777 Feb 16 #5
calimary Feb 16 #33
Stuart G Feb 16 #7
Stuart G Feb 16 #8
grantcart Feb 16 #9
gratuitous Feb 16 #12
OldHippieChick Feb 16 #13
lunatica Feb 16 #17
gratuitous Feb 16 #19
lunatica Feb 16 #20
gratuitous Feb 16 #23
lunatica Feb 16 #24
gratuitous Feb 16 #27
tavalon Feb 16 #31
Skittles Feb 16 #34
gratuitous Feb 16 #35
hibbing Feb 16 #16
lunatica Feb 16 #18
manicraven Feb 16 #21
hurple Feb 16 #25
etherealtruth Feb 16 #26
still_one Feb 16 #28
TubbersUK Feb 16 #29
Lifelong Protester Feb 16 #30
Honeycombe8 Feb 16 #32
Dark n Stormy Knight Feb 16 #36
Sherman A1 Feb 17 #37

Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 03:31 PM

1. k&r

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 03:39 PM

2. K&R!

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 03:46 PM

3. Heard that, it's true... but he was talking to his uninformed base

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Response to NotThisTime (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 03:49 PM

6. No, he was talking to everybody, and we all heard what he said.

Something has to be done to get this maniac under control.

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Response to MoonRiver (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 04:22 PM

10. tRump supporters are loving it. Link

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 04:40 PM

11. They're not the majority. His favorability seems to be about 40%.

I think the next round of polls will put him about 35%.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 04:54 PM

14. Just drove by a roadside flea market booth selling

all things tRump. Granted I live in Gulf Coast Mississippi, but wow.

Of course, I had to slow down rolled down my window and started yelling at them. Couldn't help myself...they are so damn dumb.

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Response to MoonRiver (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 04:57 PM

15. Actually he was talking at everybody but to his base

His base is all he has and he hopes they'll keep him in power, so he does the dog whistle thing for them. He already knows no one else is going to support him anymore so he's hanging on to his base by the skin of his teeth.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 05:38 PM

22. his base is about 25% of the voting public. the rest hate him.

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 03:48 PM

4. I just came here to post that..

OMFG

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 03:49 PM

5. His disorder was so prominently displayed.

Massively insecure. Sad, tremendously sad, so sad.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 08:07 PM

33. Must be that "fine-tuned machine" working for him, 'eh?

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 03:52 PM

7. If this is true, then this is it....

If this Republican Senator really said this, it means that they (Republican Senators) are watching him..Evaluating him...How many? who knows? ..Most. I am guessing..and gradually deciding if he really is nuts., as most people are saying. To go nuts at a press conference, (I did not see it) as people are saying, on a Thursday..a month into the new administration, is extremely dangerous..
.If ten are thinking this, well...maybe this country does have a chance. It may be sooner than people think when they act..(they being the Republican Senators....) But, it will be fast..very fast..and, they are watching him....

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 04:01 PM

8. Note, Trump has already recieved a public rebuk from high ranking Senator...

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/319714-mcconnell-trump-makes-own-goals-harder

Mitch McConnell said two days ago, that Trump should remain on topic, and if he did he would be 10 to 15 points higher in standing....Hit the link..see for yourself..Trump has been warned, for all to see, to get it together and stay focused.....

As I said earlier, he is being watched.......by his own people...

from the article above:
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

(R-Ky.) says President Trump’s public remarks and tweets are complicating his ability to enact his agenda.

“ 10 to 15 points higher if he allowed himself to stay on message,” McConnell told the Weekly Standard Wednesday, referencing Trump’s approval rating. "What he’s saying makes everything harder. harder to achieve what you want to achieve.”

McConnell said he had repeatedly urged Trump to tone down his rhetoric, especially on his Twitter account.
“He doesn’t always take my advice,” he said, noting the president is the “most criticized person in the world.”

He said he does not object to Trump’s tweets but “what you say with the tweet” instead. McConnell said Trump creates a “theater aspect” when he publicly tackles certain issues, creating fodder for the media “on a daily basis.”

The Kentucky senator insisted he has “a really good relationship” with Trump despite his remarks, citing an hour they spent together at the White House last week.

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and added point....paragraph 3...very important.....................................

McConnell said he had repeatedly urged Trump to tone down his rhetoric, especially on his Twitter account. "He doesn’t always take my advice,” he said, noting the president is the “most criticized person in the world.”

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 04:06 PM

9. Another one called it a "Rodney Dangerfield" type of performance

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 04:48 PM

12. So who was it, Mr. King?

When a Senator sends you a text of his own volition, he doesn't get to unilaterally decide it's off the record or that he doesn't have to reveal his identity. Is King just playing the same kind of cutesy-poo games that have eroded public confidence in the media, or was there a real Senator behind this text he said he got? It's really time to start getting people lined up for the good of the country. Put this Senator on the record, by name.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 04:53 PM

13. I agree. He did say it was a Senator who has never been

a fan of the Trumpster, so my thought was perhaps Flake.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 04:59 PM

17. He would lose his contacts very quickly if he made the names public

Reporters keep their mouths shut about their sources. Otherwise they might as well find another way of making a living

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Response to lunatica (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 05:16 PM

19. Does King have some standing "off the record" agreement with every Senator?

I mean, as long as we're getting into journalistic ethics. There's no indication that King solicited the unnamed Senator's opinion. Why would the Senator have an expectation that his identity would be shielded?

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 05:19 PM

20. Most reporters have "off the record" relationships with Congress

That's how they get the news. Leaks. That's one word they use. It means they aren't going to say who it is.

It's like the police having informants. They protect them by not telling on them.

It's a time honored practice.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 05:44 PM

23. Of course there are protections for sources

But those are negotiated before someone starts talking to a reporter (or a cop) or says anything of substance. An unsolicited text message to a reporter doesn't carry an expectation of protection, or at least it shouldn't.

King should identify the Senator who sent him that text, or I call it nonsense, even if I would like it to be true.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 05:48 PM

24. How long do you think he'd be receiving them if he told on them?

Besides, he's a Washington pundit from way back. He used to be in the Presidential press pool for years and years. He's done his fair share of traveling with the Presidents during their campaigns and on their trips around the world. All he does is politics in Washington. He has to protect his sources if he wants to continue.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #24)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 05:54 PM

27. Nonsense; this is a cutesy-poo game King is playing

Either he got that text or he didn't. I'd like to think he did. The Senator who texted him voluntarily shouldn't have any a priori expectation that a member of the press is going to shield his identity. This is King showing off his insider-ness, nothing more. There's nothing in the text that's privileged or classified, it's not a whistle-blower exposing corruption. It's one Senator's opinion, freely offered to a member of the press (if it truly happened), and King is protecting the Senator's identity for no other reason than to show off his own clubby access.

This isn't a game, this isn't gotcha. This is some serious shit happening in our country, people are at risk of their lives, liberty and property because of the out-of-control maniac squatting in the White House. I don't care about King's "access" or "politics" or any of that. He has an obligation to the public to disclose who texted him. That's why the press gets special constitutional protection, so they can inform we the people.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 07:21 PM

31. Nope, that's not the way it works

If the media gave up their sources, they would never work again.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 08:20 PM

34. ? have you never heard of keeping sources confidential?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #34)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 08:27 PM

35. See my posts above

King doesn't owe confidentiality to a Senator who texts him out of the blue. As far as I'm concerned, King's announcement is nothing more than grandstanding for himself: Lookit the Kewl Kidz I run with! If this is just a private little tee-hee between a Senator and one of his pet reporters, King should have kept it to himself and not announced on the air.

I'd love for the text message to be 100% true, but by not identifying his source, King's blurb lacks credibility. I hated that Pumpkinhead Russert's default setting when he picked up the phone was "off the record." Time has not improved my attitude toward reporters who don't tell us who's telling them things. This isn't a matter of national security. There's nothing classified about a Senator's opinion. And an unsolicited text doesn't automatically carry a confidential stamp just because King doesn't want to put his good buddy on the spot. This ain't beanbag; people are suffering and dying because of that maniac in the White House. We need people to put their sacred honor on the line against him, not tell us years from now that they bravely sent an anonymous text message to some cable reporter.

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 04:59 PM

16. I don't think they care

They just want to keep pushing papers in front of him to sign and are drooling at the upcoming tax cuts for their ruling class masters.


Peace

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Response to hibbing (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 05:00 PM

18. They're praying they can continue to do that

Otherwise they may have to actually do something.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 05:21 PM

21. Yep, I think so, too. They're going along with things as long as possible, but they'll dump him

once he becomes too toxic, which shouldn't be too much longer! Trump sure seems to be declining.

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 05:51 PM

25. Alec Baldwin

NAILED it this afternoon during that press conference sketch! It was almost like it was actually Trump up there.

What?

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 05:52 PM

26. OMG ... that is actually perfect

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 06:02 PM

28. If it is a republican then do their job. This is getting downright alarming

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 06:08 PM

29. In the same vein



Joe Scarborough ✔ @JoeNBC
FWIW, Republicans on the Hill were panicked behind the scenes by Trump's performance today.
9:55 PM - 16 Feb 2017

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Response to TubbersUK (Reply #29)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 06:35 PM

30. I wish I could rec your post!!!

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 07:56 PM

32. Whoa! is right! nt

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Response to OldHippieChick (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 11:19 PM

36. Yeah, but as long as they let him do what he does because they

can get some of their pet destructive policies enacted, they are scum, and just as bad as him. Maybe worse, because they know he's nuts. He thinks he's a fucking martyr/genius.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #36)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:53 AM

37. Precisely

The media will always follow the bright shiny object and they can unravel so many things that people need and depend upon with no one watching.

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