#THETRUMPDUMP FEB 10, 2017: ‘THE FAKE THAT NEVER FADES’..CONTINUES..OBVIOUSLY

‘What is fake, what is genuine’ can be matter of rhetoric, deception, subjectivity or logic based on which side of the fulcrum you are.

When it comes to politics, it is mostly about rhetoric, deception and subjectivity – all impregnated in different hues of relativities.

And when it comes to a politician like Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, that also makes him the most powerful person on the Earth, it is always about extreme proportions of relativistic interpretations.

So, even if all the rational thinking souls, including some of the US judges (in fact all so far) think that the Trump administration’s a bad idea that would make the people of the US look fools before the world, Trump thinks otherwise.

And continuing his ‘otherwise’ stand, he is busy blasting the US Judiciary these days on his most preferred platform, Twitter.

While a crucial hearing on his travel ban was due in Virginia today, he, again, grandiosely, proclaimed that he would meet other in the court ‘to save his nation from some imminent threat’.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!

Now it is ironical that the court, where he is looking for his saviour, is also the institution he so despises that he terms the whole US Judicial System as of ‘third-world countries’ and ‘rigged’.

But like it happens, apart from his dwindling support base, that has made him the US President to begin his term with historically low approval ratings, no one is buying his words, and that happened in the Virginia hearing as well.

According to media reports, the Virginia judge has ‘blasted Trump travel ban citing lack of evidence of any threats’, as a USA Today piece puts it. A Washington Post report, quoting the Virginia District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, says that “the courts have been begging Trump to provide some evidence, and none has been forthcoming.”

“The presidential order, she said, “has all kinds of defects” and “clearly is overreaching” when it comes to long-term residents of the United States”, the Post report says. In fact, alluding to the freedom of religion, the judge goes on to question the motivation behind this ‘immigration ban’ decision saying that “there is some strong, colorful evidence that the motivations for this order may bump into the establishment clause of the First Amendment”, the report says. The First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the ‘Freedom of Religion’.

Trump’s travel ban order has seen some very tough, hostile reactions but this one, and that too from a federal judge, is the most stinging so far.

Trump has not tweeted (so far) on it. Let’s see how he reacts (or what he tweets)!

©SantoshChaubey

#THETRUMPDUMP FEB 9, 2017: FAKE THAT NEVER FADES

Trump is on his favourite targets, in fact one his favourite targets out of many, to populate the mircroblogging site with his wisdom.

Yes, it is about slamming the media again, with his pet ‘FAKE NEWS’ attribute.

He says since he won the Presidential polls, media outfits have run 16 fake stories, and he has based his proclamation on a proclamation by a media that he probably saw was not fake.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump
’16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won’

While he feels disgraced on being denied his full cabinet yet, he finds time for digging out information that even if Senator Richard Blumenthal never fought in Vietnam, Chris Cuomo, in interviewing him, never asked any question on this line.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?
Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave “service” in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!

Meanwhile, in his trademark style, he doesn’t forget to remind people what surveys about his ‘grand travel ban’ executive order is saying. He says his supporters (or can we say people here?) are simply mesmerized at this ‘immigration ban’ decision.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump
‘Immigration Ban Is One Of Trump’s Most Popular Orders So Far’

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump
‘Majority in Leading EU Nations Support Trump-Style Travel Ban’ – Poll of more than 10,000 people in 10 countries…

And yes, he also tweets a survey that places the ‘truthfulness’ of his administration above media – ‘Trump administration seen as more truthful than news media’ http://bit.ly/2k4b0imEmersonPoll …’

It is a Donald Trump world where anything that concerns him never fades, irrespective of what the world thinks.

©SantoshChaubey

TRUMP’S TRYST WITH CONTROVERSIES CONTINUES EVEN AS HE ASSUMES PRESIDENCY

The article originally appeared on India Today.
Here it is bit modified and extended.

The controversial businessman and President-elect Donald Trump is US President now with the White House as his official and residential address for at least the next four years, a distinction that makes him unarguably the most powerful person on the Earth.

But true to his controversial past, his tryst with controversies has continued unabated and has, in fact, seen two major controversies in just two days after his inaugural on January 20, 2017.

Donald Trump has had a bad reputation when it comes to respecting women. He has made several gaudy, bitter in taste sexist remarks against women with women even accusing him of sexual assault. His reputation on this front is sullied to the extent that news outfits run even ‘Donald Trump sexism tracker’.

It was natural then that millions of women protested against Trump, not just in Washington but in many cities in America and across the world. According to an ABC news report, ‘more than than 600 rallies in 60 countries around the world’ were held. Reuters headlined the worldwide women protests as ‘unprecedented’. They were all there, mocking and denouncing the new US President, as the Reuters report put it.

But Donald Trump, in his trademark style, a hangover from his past, chose to berate women again. Tweeting from his personal Twitter handle (@realDonaldTrump), Trump mocked women protesters, “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.” Though he later tweeted to say that even if didn’t agree, ‘he recognized the rights of people to express their views’, he left an impression that protests didn’t matter for him.

And it seems Trump has chosen people like him to represent his administration. After the inauguration ceremony, Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that it was the most watched inauguration ever of any US President, a false claim that fell flat with contradictory figures. According to Nielsen data, Trump’s inauguration with 30.6 million eyeballs ranked behind Ronald Reagan (1981-41.8 million), Barack Obama (2009-37.7 million), Jimmy Carter (1977-34.1 million) and Richard Nixon (1973-33 million).

But Trump, in his familiar style, tried to belittle his predecessor Barack Obama again tweeting “Wow, television ratings just out: 31 million people watched the Inauguration, 11 million more than the very good ratings from 4 years ago!”. Clearly, he was trying to shield behind a selective set of information, picking up what suited his purpose.

Both Trump and his Press Secretary have slammed the media for being preferential and biased for showing truth behind the numbers. Trump thinks media is dishonest when it says that Barack Obama’s inaugural in 2009 had more people in attendance. Going a step further, his Press Secretary Spicer threatened to ‘hold the press accountable’ blaming that ‘some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting’.

If it is the beginning, let’s see what happens next. If Trump and his administration can’t handle media coverage on his inauguration, imagine what would happen when it comes to media carrying in-depth policy analysis of Donald Trump’s stated priorities where he said he would go against the established norms, be it Obamacare repeal or nuclear proliferation and military expansion or climate change protocols or trade protectionism or the US intervention in the geopolitical affairs.

©SantoshChaubey

US JOURNALISTS SET RULES ON ACCESS TO TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION, AIRTIME FOR NEXT FOUR YEARS

The article originally appeared on India Today.

US President-elect Donald Trump has been livid over many issues and people and the US media is one of his main targets. He has slammed media left, right and centre, going as far as to mock a disabled journalist and threaten to keep media outfits away from the White House.

Now, just two days before his inaugural, the US Press Corp has come out with a strongly worded open letter, published in the Columbia Journalism Review of Columbia University, to set things in a perspective for the next four years clearly spelling out that who will be the boss saying while “Trump has every right to decide his ground rules for engaging with the press, they have some, too. It is, after all, their airtime and column inches that Trump is seeking to influence.”

The open letter by a body representing US journalists, asserts, “We, not you, decide how best to serve our readers, listeners, and viewers. So think of what follows as a backgrounder on what to expect from us over the next four years”.

The letter categorically rebuts Donald Trump’s regular slanderous assualts and threats against media. Addressing Trump it says, “You’ve banned news organizations from covering you. You’ve taken to Twitter to taunt and threaten individual reporters and encouraged your supporters to do the same. You’ve advocated for looser libel laws and threatened numerous lawsuits of your own, none of which has materialised. You’ve avoided the press when you could and flouted the norms of pool reporting and regular press conferences. You’ve ridiculed a reporter who wrote something you didn’t like because he has a disability”.

The journalists body, through its open letter, sets rules on access to Trump’s administration, off the record statements, airtime, objectivity and cultivating and embedding news sources in the government for the next four years or in best case scenario, for the next eight years, if Donald Trump gets the second term.

Journalists say that Trump may deny them access but it will be a challenge that they will relish. The letter clears it out that ‘access is preferable, but not critical’. They say ‘attending background briefings or off-the-record social events’ will be their sole discretion and they deserve the right to give or deny airtime to Trump’s spokespersons.

They lay out terms for the quality of coverage that will be driven by objective truth. Newsworthiness is must, but not without facts. And they warn Trump they will have upper hand in covering how his policies are carried out, even if he seeks to control information.

US journalists recognize where they have failed and credit Trump to highlight it and emphasize the need to ‘regain trust’ and say that “they’ll do it through accurate, fearless reporting, by acknowledging their errors and abiding by the most stringent ethical standards they set for themselves”.

But they blame Trump of trying to create a division in the journalistic fraternity and even trying to cause family fights. The letter says those days are over now as ‘the challenge of covering Trump requires that journalists cooperate and help one another whenever possible’. The letter reiterates on its role in making the US a great Republic and expresses gratitude that “forced them to rethink the most fundamental questions about who they are and what they are here for”.

©SantoshChaubey