Savaging Donald J. Trump for his claims!

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

The Journal uses its words:
The Wall Street Journal hit Trump so hard the New York Times took notice.

In this morning's editions, Sydney Ember reported what the Journal said. We were struck by the way the Journal used its words:
EMBER (3/23/17): The editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is known for its conservative tone, but an editorial the newspaper published online Tuesday night would stand out even in the pages of its left-leaning peers.

The editorial was an extraordinarily harsh rebuke of President Trump, calling him “his own worst political enemy” and asserting that he was damaging his presidency “with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.”

In particular, the editorial board pointed to Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that former President Barack Obama had tapped his phones. “The President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle,” the editorial said...
For ourselves, we would have added one word to the Journal's list of crimes. Below, you see what the Journal said, and you can see our one-word addition:
THE JOURNAL: Trump is damaging his presidency “with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.”

THE JOURNAL EDITED: Trump is damaging his presidency “with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other ridiculous falsehoods.”
We would have stuck "ridiculous" in. That said, did you notice the word the Journal eschewed?

The Journal didn't say "lies!"

You can hammer Donald J. Trump without alleging "lies." The Journal, using its many words, did so rather capably.

Why shouldn't the Journal have used the word "lies?" Unless you're seven years old, there are various reasons.

In certain contexts, the word is perfectly sensible. In many others, it creates a pointless distraction—and an instant secondary debate the accuser is likely to lose.

Second-graders can't understand that. Is that the source of our problem?

47 comments:

  1. If true, this would be something. I will wait for the evidence, though.

    The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.

    The key to that conclusion is the unmasking of selected U.S. persons whose names appeared in the intelligence, the sources said, adding that the paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/23/potential-smoking-gun-showing-obama-administration-spied-on-trump-team-source-says.html

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    1. Trump saw this coming and is sitting in the briar patch grinning. It's going to be a long several years.

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  2. This one seems more plausible:
    The Washington Post's Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bob-woodward-obama-officials-possibly-facing-criminal-charges-for-unmasking-scheme/article/2618185

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    1. Hey jackass, these are the same sources who have been telling you for 30 years that Hillary Clinton was going to indicted any day now.

      Where are these "anonymous leaks" coming from now, traitor DinC? I thought we are against anonymous leaks now that they don't pertain to the imminent indictment of Hillary. You remember, the ones that used to get you hard every day.

      Go away now troll.

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  3. Lol Bob, again you spoke too soon.

    You should know by now never to question Trump. As David noted above, he has now been proven correct about his claim of being surveiled by Obama.

    Also, he's been proven correct about his claim that the Jewish bomb threats were false flags by Jews.

    Trump was right again.

    Trump is always right, Bob.

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    1. Maj, does this mean that Obama was actually born in Kenya?

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    2. AC/DA

      Get used to being trounced by Trump on all fronts for 8 years. Get ready to be so disappointed Charlie Brown. Get ready for the bill to pass today and defeat after defeat after defeat for liberals because of our stupidity and arrogance. It's going to be a long 8 years for us. We are so, so dumb and the absolute weakest of players.

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    3. Just saying this doesn't make it true, any more than anything Trump says out of wishful thinking is true.

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    4. Very true. Just please be ready for much, much, much, much more political defeat and disappointment. Possibly for your entire lifetime.

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    5. Very strange, these deplorable trolls.

      Ronald Reagan was going to launch the 1000 year reich of GOP rule, only to have Bubba Clinton come along to show them how it's done.

      Then idiot republican reptiles gave us the idiot bush the younger who proceeded to wreck the country with every thing he touched. Leading the wretched creatures who inflicted this imbecile on our country to run away from any mention of GW while putting their tri-corner hats on.

      Now they have sunk to the absolute low point in this countries history, celebrating the election of a treasonous bastard, lying cock sucker, perverted, unqualified fraud and con man. Yippee!!

      What the hell are all these wingnut trolls doing on this progressive website?

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    6. No worries. After Trump and the rest of his Republican cronies run the country off a cliff, the corporate-owned mainstream media will be there to tell us it really isn't their fault, and that Hillary Clinton had a private server (NOTE: which wasn't hacked), so liberals are to blame too.

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    7. It's just so strange the perennial losing of the Liberals. But that's really neither here nor there at this point in time what we should concentrate on now is the next eight years of TOTAL domination of liberals and their policies by senor Trump. It will be interesting to watch the complete and total undoing of everything that Obama did it will also be interesting to see on issue after issue, policy after policy, week after week, controversy after controversy liberals getting their heads smashed in and left for dead by Trump. Mm you have a lot of harsh words for republicans but if you train your thoughts and your ability to reason on liberals you will see that they are amongst the stupidest of tribes here on our cozy planet.

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    8. Anon 2:05 is a perfect Exhibit A of the modern day shit for brains republican base. Just read, every word reveals the only thing that gets him/her off is to make liberals/dems cry. This is the extent of his life and ambition. Hurt liberals/Dems.

      This is the average shithead that Bob Somerby expects us to reach out to and try to understand.

      Believe me Bob, I understand this hateful motherfuckers all too well.

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    9. No one is hating liberals here. They lost to Trump in the election as they hummed and skipped and stupidly thought they would win. They have now lost in the wiretap issue. Obamam is caught people will be going to prison. Trump won that one. Trump will win todya when the vote goes through. There's no hatred of liberals, just an objective observation of them sucking and losing and losing and sucking constantly. What part of this is factually incorrect JERK?

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    10. I'm not against mm or liberals, it's just that he is a good example of someone who hates and who is so, so, so, so, so dumb. You have to laugh at their ignorance and propensity to lose. It's something to behold. Their daftness. Maddow makes a huge deal of a tax return that HELPS Trump. She is another picture perfect example the utter stupidity of which we speak and of which is so, so, so,so obvious to those that look for it.

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    11. BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      Hey, shit for brains, you're doing an end zone dance but haven't noticed that your traitorous QB just did a fucking face plant of monumental and historical proportion with his repeal and replace dumpster fire.

      "...nobody knew health care could be so complicated....."

      bwahahahaha!!! Yes, the flim flam traitorous lying bastard really really said that. Without shame. And he just knew his adoring sucker marks wouldn't even notice.

      bwahahahaha!!!

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    12. Minor hiccup president Trump is an incredible deal maker tackle the really really really really hard thing here and it's just totally minor setback. Obamacare will be repealed very very very very shortly with something fabulous so please spare us your chuckle and learn to live with more and more and more and more forthcoming and losses as you lost the election is you will lose so many other things probably

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    13. Thank you Boris. Missed your English lessons this week? Be careful, Vlad is in an angry mood lately. But, as Traitor Don explained,

      “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”

      Isn't the traitorous bastard so cute and adorable? Puttie Poot is certainly getting his money worth.

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    14. Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,

      The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;

      And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,

      But there is no joy in Trumpville—tiny hands pervert has struck out.

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    15. Okay, I know you feel good. Congratulations. I noticed that you conveniently don't say a peep about the Jewish issue or the wiretapping for which Obama's Associates will be frog march to jail for very quickly. No big deal. I'm glad you feel good today and I hope you enjoy what you think is some kind of victory but don't worry. I'm not worried. l

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    18. Only a "loser liberal' would celebrate preventing 26 million of their fellow countrymen from losing healthcare benefits.
      Conservatives look at this, and see a least one of those 26 million fellow countryman could potentially have been a minority. For that possibility alone, Conservatives see nothing to celebrate here.

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  4. Libs are born losers. So easy to beat. It's going to be 8 years if this. They will never learn and they do recognize their own ignorance and cognitive limitations.

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  5. I recently responded to mm's challenge to explain why Trump's policies had led to increased employment. An addtional reason is Trump's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline just now.

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    1. Isn't that offset by the 2000+ government employees he has failed to nominate?

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    2. Ha ha ha ha ha. The Keystone XL Pipeline. Ha ha ha ha ha.
      Leave it to Trump (the Republican) to get rooked by an International corporation during negotiations---giving our land rights away for next to nothing---so he can support late-19th century energy techno,ogg in 2017.
      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
      What a maroon.

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    3. Traitor DinC, let's see some numbers.

      I didn't challenge you, asshole, because what you wrote was so laughable. I was mocking you. 35 permanent jobs as a result of the Keystone XL. That's it, comrade. Meanwhile how many Nebraska farmers will have their lands and waters taken from them to allow a foreign company to pump their dirty shit across the lands? Got any numbers on that, asshole. You're very anti environmental regulation, yet I notice you live in CA, with the most progressive and stringent environmental regulations in the country. Why is that, hypocrite? You like clean air and clean water? Why don't you move to a nice republican state where they will build a fertilizer plant next to you in your old folks home? Put your body and life on the life to back up the shit oozing from your hypocritical mouth.

      Nothing to say on the shitgibbon's health care fiasco? Why is that dickhead? You were always anxious to tell us all every little problem you saw with the ACA. How do you like the way Don the Con kept his promise on the health care bill?

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    4. mm -- Of course I wasn't talking the jobs building the pipeline. Having more fuel coming into the country will mean lower fuel prices. Lower costs of any sort lead to more business expansion.

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    5. Oh really, comrade?

      How does that work? Do we get to keep anything they spill on our lands?

      Oh, and just for the cherry on top,

      Keystone pipeline won't use US steel despite Trump pledge

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    6. mm, it occurs to me that you may believe that government spending is how the government adds jobs. That would be a forgivable error, since Presidents Bush and Obama both passed so-called "stimulus" bills based on that theory. The bills didn't work, because that theory is bogus.

      Mostly the government adds jobs by having an environment in which private enterprise can flourish. That means things like low taxes, excellent work-force, low cost of needed resources such as energy and land, enforcement of contracts, low administrative burden, low crime rate, and honest government.

      P.S. pipelines are safer than alternatives such as trucking and rail. If you're worried about spills, you should support pipelines.

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    7. DinC, it occurs to me that you are a bullshit artist and are trying to change the subject.

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    8. mm, thanks for taking on the task of pushing back against this asshole from CA. He’s a just troll, but his messages are destructive.

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    9. David in one ear and out the other,
      "Lower costs of any sort lead to more business expansion."
      So howcum when OPEC cut the price of oil (which affects the costs of almost everything) lower than the US or Canada could, we haven't had a massive recovery? Don't answer that! You have exceeded your bullshit quota for the month.
      “The market can stay irrational a lot longer than you can stay solvent!”
      Of course, you reject any economic theories that don't fit your idea of "common sense".
      So who's your economic guru? John Boehner? Paul Ryan?

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    10. gravymeister - As you know, many factors affect the economy at any given time. It's difficult or impossible to figure out just how much impact each factor had. We did have a recovery beginning in 2009 when crude oil price plunged from $102 to $59.93. But, as I said, many factors are affecting the economy at a given time.

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    11. There you go again David. If it's impossible to figure out how much impact each factor had, how do you back up these statements?
      "I recently responded to mm's challenge to explain why Trump's policies had led to increased employment. An addtional reason is Trump's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline just now."
      "Of course I wasn't talking the jobs building the pipeline. Having more fuel coming into the country will mean lower fuel prices. Lower costs of any sort lead to more business expansion."
      David, do us all a favor and take your dog-eared copy of The American College Dictionary off the shelf, look up "Sophistry", tear out that page, and scotch tape it to your forehead.
      Then, throw the rest of the book away, like I told you a while ago.
      Then, apply for a job as Paul Ryan's chief economist. The job was made for you.

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    12. DavidinCal,
      You know nothing about economics. You made that choice when you threw in with fellow modern conservatives.

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    13. gravymeister -- I have been involved with start-up businesses and business expansion decisions. A start-up prepares a model showing income and outgo for several years forward. The company won't even start unless it projects good profits going forward.

      Profit = income - outgo.

      Lower expenses mean smaller outgo and bigger profit.

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    14. Don't you mean, raising prices to the highest level you can while not losing sales, leads to higher profit?

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    15. Higher demand leads to more sales. During times of recession, having the government stimulate demand through deficit investment, leads to business expansion and employment.
      OTOH, providing a tax-break to a company with 2 warehouses full of inventory they can't sell, does no such thing.
      IOW, demand leads to business expansion and higher employment, while tax breaks do no such thing.

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    16. I have been involved with start-up businesses and business expansion decisions.

      You're a fucking bean counter who helped greedy unpatriotic bastards hide and avoid their taxes offshore.

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  6. Somerby says we can refer to Trump's untruths without using the word lies. I believe there is value to using that word because Trump's followers will not get the point that they are being conned unless the word lies is used. If you leave any small space for him (and his defenders) to crawl through, they will evade the FACT that Trump is a con man, not a deluded wrong-believer like other Republicans. That's why the word lie must be used.

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    1. He is a con man and a better option than Hillary.

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    2. Fido is a dog and a better option than Trump.

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