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White Folks Should be Ashamed of Themselves

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by Mike Sax No Comments

Saying this is a little strong but I mean it. Let me first say that I am not anti-white, in fact I'm half white myself; what used to be called a 'Mulatto' and today is called biracial. In truth, I'm actually more than half white as my mother herself is biracial. And though some have argued I should I have never self identified as 'black'-I don't identify as white either. I'm happy the surveys now seem to be accommodating those of us of mixed race finally. But let's be honest: politically speaking white people are the problem. They voted for Brexit in Britain; if only there were more voters of color it wouldn't have happened. Brexit was first and foremost about white grievance-though many try to apologize for them by claiming it's about economic anxiety. So no people of color are economically anxious? In the US, POC make up a bigger portion of the electorate so we have a very good chance of defeating Trumpism here. Today's Upshot poll has it neck and neck in Florida. "Donald J....

More Polls Suggest Tightening May be Over

Posted on: September 18th, 2016 by Mike Sax 1 Comment

Josh Marshall has an interesting analysis of the new Pennsylvania poll.  "A new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll is out last night shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 9 points in a head to head match up and 8 points when third party candidates are added." "A few points of context about this poll are worth noting.""First, this is a highly respected in-state pollster. And the margin is significantly above what was the PollTracker Average (a 4.3 percentage point margin for Clinton) prior to this poll. Needless to say, if polls didn't show Clinton with a lead in Pennsylvania that would signal fairly dire election scenario. But this poll shows a margin higher than the current trendline. Indeed, the last time the average was in this territory was in early August. (With the addition of this poll, the PollTracker Average moved to Clinton +6.3.""Now, what does this tell us?""It may just tell us that Clinton likely still has a lead in Pennsylvania, which is nice to know but...

Politico Fails to Call out Kellyann Conway’s Lie that Clinton is the Real Birther

Posted on: September 18th, 2016 by Mike Sax No Comments

Kellyann Conway's True Lies. After watching her appearance on Chuck Todd that's the best description of her performance. That she repeated Trump's new birther lie-that Hilary Clinton invented birtherism-is no surprise as Ms Conway is presumably well compensated for telling Trump's many mendacious lies. What is truly sad to see is that Politico is back to their old tricks: "Conway: Birther theory started with Clinton campaign." "The theory that President Barack Obama was actually not born in the Untied States started in Hillary Clinton's campaign for president in 2008, Donald Trump's campaign manager argued in an interview that aired Sunday, two days after Trump himself conceded that Obama was born in the United States." Read more: We had seen some better reporting in the immediate aftermath of Trump's birther infomercial on Friday, where the media took it personally that he again...

I Had Zero Borrowings From My Dad’s Estate… I Give You My Word

Posted on: September 18th, 2016 by Mike Sax No Comments

Which kind of shows you what his word is worth. "Who among us hasn’t needed a $9 million loan from dad every once in a while?" way of comparison, my Dad loves to tell me his belief that leaving your money to your kids shouldn't be automatic. In other news, the NY Times is back in the journalism. Here's the proof:"My lawyers want to sue the failing @nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting." is when you know you're doing your job properly. What set Trump off is the Times actually vetting him. They are doing investigative journalism rather than simply saying 'We asked, Trump won't release his tax returns, by the way Hillary's email server sure was an outrage.'"A Trump Empire Built on Inside Connections and $885 Million in Tax Breaks.""The way Donald J. Trump tells it, his first solo project as a...

How to Put Judicial Watch out of Business

Posted on: September 18th, 2016 by Mike Sax No Comments

There is some reason for very cautious optimism that the media is finally waking up a little bit after being rolled again with Trump's birther infomercial. Beyond that, Norm Ornstein has a pretty good rule for the media to observe. "I wish you and the Times, as examples, would announce that any anonymous source who gives you false or misleading information will be outed -- the privilege of anonymity extends only to provision of accurate information. "Unfortunately, I can't find the link to Norm's tweet but it would take us a long way. It would finally disincentivize lying and getting your lies as part of the national conversation. To be sure, Norm has a number of good rules. (I'm calling him Norm as he did actually speak to me on Twitter this morning! LOL I've heard it said that you should only refer to someone with their first name if you know them). For cable news: get rid of campaign...

My Name May not be on the Ballot but Democracy is on the Ballot

Posted on: September 18th, 2016 by Mike Sax No Comments

Very powerful speech from President Obama last night. Many are arguing that this was his most powerful speech ever. He was very clear about the stakes. Hope is on the ballot and so is fear. He will take it as a personal affront he warned his base if they don't turn out. "President, shouting, says he'll consider it "an insult to my legacy" if you (blacks) don't vote; "Hope is on the is fear" idea that people aren't motivated enough to vote this time of all times, is something I just can't understand. Would you have been inspired in 1932 to vote against Hitler?"President giving a fire & brimstone speech tonight - promises full-throated campaign effort for Clinton; denounces GOP fear-mongering."'s quite something to hear a sitting president say "democracy is on the ballot." would recommend...

Print Media Starting to Ditch Both Sides Do it Journalism

Posted on: September 18th, 2016 by Mike Sax No Comments

With all the apologetics some in the Beltway went into in the face of criticism of false equivalence, the print media seems to be catching on. A lot of time, it's just about tweaking headlines a little-just adding a single word. The Washington Post, the NY Times, even the AP have been doing it since Trump's birther infomercial. This piece by Politico shows how the media is trying actual journalism on for size-rather than simply being a court stenographer" "Trump distorts Clinton's immigration position in pitch to grieving families." Read more:  Now Lawrence O'Donnell still thinks Politico should have used the word 'lie' as the Washington Post and NY Times have started doing.  ".@politico Distorts? If you aren't comfortable calling a lie a lie, I don't know how you can cover @realDonaldTrump campaign." Indeed. But...

Trump Doesn’t Like Critics

Posted on: September 18th, 2016 by Mike Sax No Comments

He is furious at Robert Gates who called him 'beyond repair.' Neither presidential candidate has offered a compelling vision on national security, former Defense Secretary Bob Gates writes in a scathing Wall Street Journal op-ed -- but Donald Trump is “beyond repair.”Read more:  Surprisingly, Trump reveals he actually doesn't like critics. Trump on Robert Gates: "I don’t like critics. I like the people that get it done and get it done right." He also speculates that Robert Gates has a problem we don't know about. Trump's level of projection is just an amazing thing. But when he says he doesn't like critics, he means it. He really, really, really means it. It's amazing, but he's now furious with Maureen Dowd. I mean Dowd is his...

‘Chances are Miniscule I’ll Vote for Trump’

Posted on: September 17th, 2016 by Mike Sax No Comments

These are the words of John Kasich in a preview of tomorrow morning's Meet the Press. "In an interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press” set to air Sunday, former Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich said that “it’s very, very likely I will not” vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump." other words he might vote for Donald Trump, the man who Charles Blow rightly calls the Grand Wizard of Birttherism. "So, on Friday the Grand Wizard of Birtherism against President Obama admitted that birtherism was bunk, not by apologizing for his prominent role in the racist campaign — no, that would have been too right — but by suggesting that he deserved credit for dousing the flames he’d fanned.""This man is so low that he’s subterranean."Donald Trump said Friday: “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy.”"That was a...

‘We Got Played Again’

Posted on: September 17th, 2016 by Mike Sax No Comments

So CNN's John King admitted as did Jake Tapper. As Greg Sargent says, they're's a choice involved here. As I argued in my last post, there are some signs the media might finally be catching on a little bit. Or as Krugman puts it, maybe Trump has finally gone a lie to far: "I suspect Donald Trump is feeling a bit sandbagged right now, or will be when he wakes up. All along he has treated the news media with contempt, and been rewarded with obsequious deference — his lies sugar-coated, described as “disputed” or “stretching the truth,” while every aspect of his opponent’s life is described as “raising questions” and “casting shadows”, despite lack of evidence that she did anything wrong.""If Greg Sargent and Norm Ornstein are to be believed (and they are!), the cable networks at least initially followed the same...

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