Banned CNN Bandies About ‘Ban’

Banned CNN’s Jake Tapper tries to separate “ban” from ban from ban.

Beyond Fact Checking: Why Trump’s Lies Are Beside the Point

handheartIf you have noted — and possibly pointed out to a Trump supporter — that his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was lying when he said Trump’s inauguration drew the broadest audience in history, period, then Trump has you right where he wants you. Bloomberg columnist Tyler Cowen explains why focusing on facts ignores what’s really going on, and the real reasons Trump’s staff is lying.

Cowen points out that some hardened leaders use loyalty tests that ask their followers to go against conscience. Spicer and Kellyanne Conway are passing their loyalty tests with flying colors.

Trump isn’t lying in hopes you’ll believe his version of things. The real reasons are much worse.

By requiring subordinates to speak untruths, a leader can undercut their independent standing…That makes those individuals grow more dependent on the leader and less likely to mount independent rebellions against the structure of command. Promoting such chains of lies is a classic tactic when a leader distrusts his subordinates…and it is part of the same worldview that leads Trump to rely so heavily on family members.

But there’s even more to it than that.

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CNN Calls Out Trump’s Lies About Voter Fraud

Jake Tapper stops just short of calling the president a liar

America First, the Netherlands Second?

Holy crap, this is funny. Watch this Dutch satire show’s video (fake news?) that shows the rest of the world hears the Donald exactly the same way we do.

The People Who Visited Trump Tower Before the Inauguration

Here’s an oddly compelling look at the people brought to Trump Tower for sessions with the Donald during 10 weeks following the election. Our question: Why would so many people go to so much trouble to be ignored?

It’s Donald’s Inauguration Day …

6887e517-3c51-4430-9014-25da4bbe512d_800Donald Trump’s inauguration by the numbers, according to Reuters

  • 900,000: The number of people expected to attend, including protesters; about half the amount of President Obama’s inauguration.
  • 20: The expected duration, in minutes, of Trump’s inauguration speech.
  • 105: The longest inaugural speech, in minutes. It was delivered by William Henry Harrison in 1841 in a snowstorm. He wasn’t wearing a hat or coat. He died of pneumonia a month later.
  • 270,000: The number of protesters expected to converge on Washington.
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#ThanksObama — We Will Always Be Grateful for Your Service

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We’re going to be feeling the feels on Inauguration Day — fear, sadness, disgust. We hope 44 is right, and our country is strong enough to withstand the next four years intact as a democracy. In the meantime, let’s make #ThanksObama a trending topic on the Twitter. If you tweet, go forward and let @BarackObama know you were glad he and his family made it through the past two terms and add what you’d like to thank him for the most.

Photo via Whitehouse.gov.

FactCheck.org Exposes Series of Lies in Donald’s News Conference

The full analysis by FactCheck.org follows…

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A Moment That Will Never Be Again

How about every moment?

Pat Robertson: God Has Ended Drought in West Because Voters There Rejected Trump

Suggests Trump 'may well be the anti-Christ'*
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Pat Robertson

This is just in from CBN. Rev. Pat Robertson has described the drought-ending rains on the West Coast as “a blessing from God” because people there voted overwhelming against Donald Trump.

Robertson described Trump as a hate-filled racist and a misogynistic serial philanderer whose life is focused solely on the pursuit of money.*

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