Pseudojournalism watch: Pacino weighs in on Trump's latest flip!

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016

"This whole discourse is out of order," furious movie star says:
According to a team of underage analysts, Al Pacino has weighed in on Donald J. Trump's latest flip.

"This whole discourse is out of order," Pacino reportedly told our investigative team in a late-night telephonic chat. He specifically said that he meant to include the press corps in his assessment.

What was Pacino talking about? Atop the front page of this morning's Washington Post, Matea Gold mentions Donald J. Trump's latest flip.

Truth to tell, she mentions his flip in passing. She almost makes it sound like a species of virtue:
GOLD (5/7/16): Trump is backing away from a tax plan he rolled out last fall that would have given major cuts to the rich. “I am not necessarily a huge fan of that,” he told CNBC. “I am so much more into the middle class, who have just been absolutely forgotten in our country.”

The billionaire’s tendency to change his mind on policy matters is a hallmark of his unconventional campaign—a quality he casts as an asset, saying it shows he is open to new ideas. Even so, his latest reversals are striking, particularly when it comes to the financing of his presidential bid, a central part of his pitch to voters.
Is it possible that Candidate Trump is "diagnosable" in some way? He has now said that he "isn't necessarily a huge fan" of his own formal budget proposal!

Visions of so-called "split personalities" ran through our analysts' heads. Joanne Woodward, star of The Three Faces of Eve, failed to respond to their requests for comment.

Pacino was more forthcoming. Back to the Post's brief report:

Trump released his formal budget proposal late last September. Seven months later, he says he "isn't necessarily a huge fan" of the various things he proposed.

According to Gold, Trump's tendency to say such things "is a hallmark of his unconventional campaign." In fairness, she didn't quite call him a maverick. But she almost came fairly close.

Gold's front-page report in the Post runs just over 1200 words. That said, you've seen her entire treatment of Trump's possible flip on his budget proposal.

Gold focuses on a different set of flips—a set of flips concerning "the financing of his presidential bid." Because that's "process" rather than "policy," it's a sexier topic.

Trump's possible flip on his budget proposal got short shrift from Gold. That said, there's nothing new about that. Let's recall the chain of events to which Pacino referred:
Chronology of a crazy budget proposal:
In late September, Trump releases a formal budget proposal. It's the craziest budget proposal in modern political history.

In response, the press corps almost completely ignores the crazy budget proposal. Despite or because of its manifest lunacy, the Washington Post and the New York Times have barely reported its contents.

Seven months later, Trump makes an "unconventional" statement. He said he "isn't necessarily a huge fan" of his own crazy proposal.

The Washington Post mentions this "unconventional" statement, but does so only in passing. Instead, the paper focuses on Trump's new approach to shaking down big donors from Goldman Sachs.
It's easy to see that Trump's behavior has been a bit strange in this area. That said, a different question occurred to our young, unpaid analysts.

They wondered if this chain of events could possibly mean that our whole discourse is out of order. When they called Pacino seeking comment, the major star picked up.

"This whole discourse is out of order," they told us he memorably said.

In response to follow-up questions, Pacino stressed the fact that he meant to include the mainstream press corps in his assessment. Reportedly, he said their behavior in these events "has been just as crazy as Trump's."

"That formal budget proposal is manifestly crazy," Pacino is said to have said. "It's the craziest budget proposal in modern political history."

"It easy to criticize Trump for making a crazy formal proposal," Pacino is said to have said as he's said to have continued. "And it's easy to see that his apparent flip is a second species of crazy.

"But what about the mainstream 'press corps,' " the major star is said to have said, making his use of scare quotes plain through his use of the skillful techniques he developed under Lee Strasberg. "How crazy was it when the 'press corps' simply ignored that 'plan?' "

"This whole 'discourse' is out of order," Pacino angrily said a second time, just before reportedly ringing off. "By conventional standards, it was crazy to offer a crazy proposal, crazier still to ignore it."

Could Pacino's angry late-night analysis possibly be accurate? Is our whole discourse out of order? Does the disorder extend beyond Candidate Trump? Does it extend all the way to the work of the mainstream press corps?

We tend to agree with Pacino's assessment. That said, concerning the press corps' role in this rolling gong show, professional reporters and play-for-pay analysts pretty much don't seem to care.

Remind us to tell this memorable story: Back in the fall of 1999, what happened when Candidate Bush released his formal budget proposal?

That Sunday, Cokie Roberts took a certain piece of bait and bungled her account of the formal proposal. But no, they didn't ignore the proposal! The morning after it was released, it received a front-page report in the Washington Post. The world was different then.

(George Stephanopoulos covered for Cokie. In this way, she escaped.)

34 comments:

  1. Really it's the conservatives who should be (and are) most upset. During the primaries, Trump said things that appealed to conservatives. Now that he has the nomination wrapped up, he's moving toward the center. That's what most candidates do, but few as blatently as Trump.

    In short, Trump was lying when said he favored a huge tax cut and other conservative positions. His lies helped him get the Republican nomination. But, everything about Trump's background says he's not at all conservative.

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    1. Drumpf, the flaming liberal! You are really pathetic.

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    2. Trump has taken almost every possible political position over his entire life, so who knows what he really believes, if anything. Probably nothing. He's on a power trip, that's all. The ideologies behind his power trip are insignificant to him except as they can help him get votes. No one knows what his positions are going to be in 3 months, 6 months, a year, 2 years. He doesn't even know yet. He's a dangerous moron. The fact that he may destroy the Republican party (which is dubious) is incidental to the fact that he may destroy the United States if we allow him. He needs to be stopped.

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  2. An anonymous comment to a post yesterday said Hillary committed no crime without intent. That's incorrect.

    The applicable statute, 18 USC 793, however, does not even once mention the word “classified.” The focus is on “information respecting the national defense” that potentially “could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation.” 793 (f) specifically makes it a crime for anyone “entrusted with … any document … or information relating to the national defense … through gross negligence (to permit) the same to be removed from its proper place of custody.” A jury (not a Democrat or Republican political administration) is, of course, the best body to determine gross negligence on the facts of this case.

    The courts have held repeatedly that “national defense information” includes closely held military, foreign policy and intelligence information and that evidence that the information is classified is not necessary for a prosecution. Evidence that the information was upon later review found to be classified, however, as is the case with approximately 2,000 Clinton messages, is of course one kind of proof that the information met the test of “national defense information” in the first place.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2016/05/07/malicious-intent-is-not-required-to-break-the-law-in-hillary-clintons-case/

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    1. What law school did you graduate from and in what state are you licensed to practice law? Oh Yeah, the University of Hotair and North Wingbattistan- BWAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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    2. Gee, David.

      Colin Powell and Condy Rice are in a whole heap of trouble, too, aren't they?

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  4. For those who might need it: Bob is referencing a wan, mostly forgotten Al Pacino movie from the late seventies called "And Justice For All." The line was batted about for awhile by Pacino imitators but this silly legal satire, again, has not been carried along with Al's more enduring efforts.

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    1. Can't wait for the next installment in this brilliant series in which Bob's analysts call Jack Nicholson who tells them, "You can't handle the truth!"

      That movie is only 24 years old, instead if 37 years old.

      But like his jouralists, Bob apparently likes only those movies with some gray beginning to sprout in the temples.

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    2. Young jeffrey tambor in it.

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    3. Using movie dialogue from a film as youngish as "A Few Good Men" can't help but flub things up.

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  5. Bob, don’t stop, and ever give up.

    See, I do get humor out of your postings, like:

    “But she almost came fairly close.”

    Maybe it’s the tequila, but I found that fairly amusing.

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    1. Suggested chuckle level: mordant.

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  8. Tax receipts are an element of the budget. Trump hasn't released a complete detailed budget of course.

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  9. Trump is backing away from extreme tax cuts big time:

    Trump Says Taxes for the Wealthy Should Go Up

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/trump-taxes-need-to/2016/05/08/id/727737/#ixzz484kWM14z

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    1. You can't believe anything Trump says.

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  10. At least this post proves Bob knows there is such a thing as a phone call to someone you are writing about.

    Even if it is an imaginary call placed by imaginary friends to someone playing imaginary roles for big money like favorite cable stars make.

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  11. GOP heavyweight (and Somerby fave) weighs in - from WaPo:

    Sarah Palin said in a television interview broadcast Sunday that she will support Speaker Paul Ryan's primary challenger, and she compared Ryan to former House majority leader Eric Cantor (Va.), who was stunningly defeated in a 2014 primary.
    "I think Paul Ryan is soon to be 'Cantored,'" Palin said on CNN's "State of the Union." Cantor lost his primary to now-Rep. Dave Brat. Palin, a former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, backs Donald Trump for president. Ryan said this week that he is not ready to support Trump — even though he is the presumptive GOP nominee. Trump and Ryan are slated to meet this week.
    Speaker Paul Ryan has backed away from his pledge to support whoever becomes the nominee, saying he's "not ready" to endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Other GOP heavyweights, including the Bushes, are also not giving endorsements. "His political career is over but for a miracle, because he has so disrespected the will of the people ... and for him to already come out and say who he will not support was not a wise decision of his," Palin added of Ryan.
    Businessman Paul Nehlen is challenging Ryan in the Aug. 9 Republican primary. Nehlen has criticized Ryan's refusal to back Trump and has issued a statement saying, “If Mr. Trump is the nominee, I will support that decision. "In her interview, Palin said, "I will do whatever I can for Paul Nehlen."

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    1. Palin is obviously running for VP on Trump's ticket. Threatening Ryan is a way to pressure other Republican into endorsing him. This will only work if Trump has the power to actually hurt Ryan's chances so polling will be interesting. If his numbers don't change, Trump will be embarrassed and his threats won't be taken seriously by other Republicans up for reelection. This would be a good time for Hillary and her surrogates to pour it on Trump, to give the Republican opposition some help, as Elizabeth Warren has been doing.

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    2. I think you're probably right, Anon 2:39. But, Palin would be a appalling choice of VP. Given Trump's utter lack of government expeience, he needs to choose a VP with lots and lots of experience. Any of the Governors who were originally in the Republican race would serve that purpose.

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    3. Perfect David logic: 2 loons are better than 1.

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    4. And the list of governors in the original field are: Jeb!, Kasich, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Jim Gilmore (very briefly), George Pataki (very briefly), Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker and Rick Perry.

      Two questions:

      1. Which one of them adds the "gravitas" you admit Trump needs?

      2. Most important, which one will take it? Pretty much boils down to Chris Christie, who would be every bit as bad as Palin.

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    5. My choice would be Jindal, because he has a solid record of accomplishments. Unfortunately, ethnic prejudice combined with him not being particularly good-looking makes him a poor candidate. But, if I were looking for a CEO of a large organization and had to choose from the various Presidential candidates, Jindal would be way out in front.

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    6. David, you are wrong again. Jindal's wife finds him very attractive.

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    7. David is only doing what he does best - regurgitating Sean Hannity's bullshit:

      http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/07/12/foxs-bret-baier-grills-gov-bobby-jindal-over-hi/204369

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  12. Nothing like solid criticism of pseudojournalism by the imaginary interviewing the make believe over the lack of coverage of the nonexsistent.

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  13. Bob has continuously wailed about the lack of coverage of the Trump "budget proposal" which he has said was unveiled on September 28, 2015.

    Of course the Trump "budget" proposal is an "invention" of Bob Somerby, since what Trump proposed on that date was a tax plan.

    And the lack of coverage is also something Bob Sonerby, as a member of the blogosphere, took the initiative in creating. Just Goggle the phrase "Trump tax proposal September 28, 2015" and see for yourself.

    But how did Bob Soermby himself elect to cover the alleged abdication by the press of their sacred budget coverage obligation in real time?

    While the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, CNN, NPR, PBS and many others all covered Trumps' proposal the very day it was made, here is what Bob did.

    On September 29, 2015 Bob Somerby chose to devote a whole post to something Matt Yglesias wrote two weeks earlier about the Jeb Bush tax proposal. It prompted Bob to discuss not how Yglesias or others covered the Bush 2016 proposal, but how the whole 2000 campaign was reported in a way that cost his personal friend and college roomate, Al Gore, Jr. the Presidency his parents had groomed him for. Ands how horrible it was for Matt Yglesias to keep silent about it all these years.

    In fact, Bob Somerby himself did not bother with coverage of a tax plan that he would routinely come to call the "craziest budget proposal" in American and even World history until November, after it was criticized by Paul Krugman, and brought up in a presidential debate on CNBC.

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