Elvis stopped there too: How dumb is our nation's public discourse? How phony, how fake are its sachems?
How pitiful are the Fauntleroys who hand us our novelized news? Once again, let's recall what we rubes were told by Brian last Friday night.
Brian's guest was Rick Wilson, a somewhat smutty, sometimes misogynist Republican strategist.
During this age of Trump, our liberal tribe is so desperate for reassurance that we're even willing to be handed our facts by him! Last Friday night, he joined Brian in telling us how crazy it is to think that the U.S. military would be using that airport in Scotland as an overnight stop-over site.
The little lords went on and on about the obvious corruption involved in those crazy stop-overs at the Glasgow Prestwick Airport, and also in those overnight stays at Commander Trump's Scottish resort.
The sunshine patriotism was blinding. In fairness, Brian's hair was perfect:
WILSON (9/6/19): Look, it's been a minute since I was in the DOD, but I can tell you, it's part of regulations in the DOD that air crews are not to stay overnight at civilian facilities unless it is mission-essential.The boys were upset, even hurt. It was crazy to think that airmen were being forced to land at that Scottish airfield just so they could stay overnight at the Trump resort.
They're supposed to go from military to military facilities, and I'm pretty much sure that staying at a Trump golf resort is never mission-essential for a U.S. Air Force or Navy crew heading over to the Middle East to the active theater of combat in the Middle East.
This is some other element of the Trump grift. It is some element of the Trump scam. These are people who have obviously managed to corrupt folks down the chain and sent the signal that at the minimum to send a signal, that if you stay at Trump resorts maybe he'll like you more.
And I think it's an extraordinary moment where, you know, we're seeing it in real time, that they're forcing these airmen to land their C-17s off military airfields somewhere close to a Trump resort in order to stay there. It is an unbelievable level of corruption.
WILLIAMS: And Rick, you do remind me, we have a network of air bases with names like Aviano—
WILSON: We do indeed.
WILLIAMS: —the air bases we have maintained, along with the Brits, and the French, and the Germans, for exactly this type of thing.
WILSON: Indeed. And I think—I don't know the exact number right now. I think it's five in Britain that would handle the C-17 right off the top of my head. So somehow I'm thinking that landing at a Trump golf resort is not like landing at Hertfordshire, for instance, or Bentwaters, or wherever we got still bases operating in the U.K. It's very much a symbol of a corrupt and corrupting administration.
WILLIAMS: I'll see your hurt for (INAUDIBLE) and raise you in Mildenhall, which I think is still up and running.
WILSON: You will indeed.
Airmen were supposed to land at U.S. bases—"the air bases we have maintained for exactly this type of thing!" And not only that:
"It's part of regulations in the DOD that air crews are not to stay overnight at civilian facilities unless it is mission-essential!"
The Fauntleroys went on and on, reciting the latest novel. Two hours earlier, Rachel had devoted a large amount of Friday night's show to this same new tale.
Rachel continued reciting this tale on her Monday night program although, it must be said, she seemed to make a major effort to keep her statements "technically accurate" this night. Two hours later, Brian almost started to back away from the various misstatements he'd made, though he apparently chose to play it dumb, as we noted in this award-winning post the next day.
At any rate, Rachel and Brian had let us know that U.S. airmen are supposed to stop for refueling at "the air bases we have maintained for exactly this type of thing!"
They had also let us know how crazy it is that airmen would be lodged overnight in a private hotel, not on a U.S. base.
Rachel kept using the word "now," letting us know that the Scottish stopovers were very new, part of the latest Trump scam. Unfortunately, a front-page report in today's New York Times says these assertions were faux.
How faux was the story the children were telling? Go ahead—you're allowed to laugh, though only in mordant fashion:
KIRKPATRICK AND LIPTON (9/13/19): Mr. Trump’s defenders note that American military jets have been stopping in the region since long before Mr. Trump’s election. A decision by the Pentagon to have its flights stop more frequently at the local airport was made under the Obama administration.Are the stop-overs at that silly airport a new arrangement designed to funnel money to Commander Trump? It seems that they are not!
The United States military has been using Prestwick as a stopover since at least World War II, in part because of the extremely long runway the airport offers, and its reputation for being largely free of fog.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower sometimes landed there, and after the war Scotland gave him permanent use of an apartment in a medieval castle not far from Turnberry that he frequently visited. In March 1960, Elvis Presley, then wrapping up his military service, stopped at the airport for a few hours and was mobbed by his fans.
According to today's report, even Elvis stopped there once—before he'd married Priscilla! Eisenhower sometimes landed there too, and that was before he was president!
We invite you to search for any sign that Brian and his smutty guest had even the slightest idea what they were talking about on last Friday's program. As for Rachel's two nights of narrative enhancement, surely no one expects better from her at this point.
None of this means that Commander Trump isn't a consummate con man. It simply means that Brian's a con man too. He has been for a good long time, going back to the days when he comically swooned over Candidate Bush while trashing Candidate Gore's three-button suits which, he weirdly kept insisting, the hopeful was wearing in a slick attempt to attract female voters.
Brian has been semi-goofy for a good long while. That said, his hair back then was even more perfect and, a bit like Private Presley, he seems to know how to follow orders.
A great deal of history moves through this morning's report. The lead reporter, David Kirkpatrick, is the fellow who explained what actually happened at Benghazi in this lengthy, widely-ignored New York Times report.
By that time, Rachel had spent the entire fall of 2012 refusing to defend Susan Rice and letting the Benghazi narratives grow.
Four years later, she took a dive on Comey too. That November, the Benghazi and Comey narratives helped put Trump where he is.
A lot of silly excitement was peddled last Friday night. In the case of Our Own Rhodes Scholar, she continued to peddle the silly excitement on her show Monday night.
On Tuesday morning, a front-page report in the New York Times seemed to say that Friday night's claims had been faux. Neither Brian nor Rachel has told you that, nor will they do so tonight.
How infantile, how fake and faux is our national discourse? This episode is so comically faux that it could even provide a "teachable moment."
No such thing will occur, of course. Top anthropologists sadly report that our species ain't wired for that.
Last night's debate was another example of how broken our discourse is. It provided another example of how over-matched Democratic sachems are by the madness of the Trump era.
Future anthropologists, huddled in caves, despondently claim that there's no way out of this mess. That said, this latest example is just so comical that yes, you're permitted to laugh.
A bit more apparent information: Last Sunday, the New York Times published a column by "a philosopher." Next week, we'll fold that depressing episode into a week of reports.
For today, a bit more apparent information about last Friday's faux news:
KIRKPATRICK AND LIPTON: The military says the vast majority of American military personnel who have passed through since 2016 have stayed at other area hotels, not Mr. Trump’s. On Thursday, the Air Force said in a statement that it had found 659 instances when its flight crews stayed overnight in the area in the past four years. Of those stays, the Air Force estimated that 6 percent, or about 40—far more than had previously been identified publicly—went to Mr. Trump’s property. Trump Turnberry was closed for renovations from 2015 until mid-2016.We can't tell you how many of those claims are accurate. That said, the reference to "the past four years" underscores the fact that these stop-overs at the Scottish airport don't seem to be new.
Those who did stay there paid a discounted rate of as little as $130 a night, compared to a typical price of about $380 a night.
Michael Matheson, the Scottish transport minister, told the Scottish Parliament this week that the Turnberry is one of 13 hotels the airport uses and that “Turnberry is generally booked only if other hotels are unavailable or if customers specifically request it.”
General Eisenhower sometimes stopped there; Elvis stopped there too. Compare those apparent facts to the smutty guest's tale! And yes, you're permitted to laugh!
On Friday and Monday, we rubes were handed a pleasing new story. The idea that these Scottish stop-overs are a new, outrageous scam is already a basic part of cable news tribal lore.
Our tribe was flown to Bogusville on some of our favorite programs. Of one thing you can feel certain:
Brian and Rachel won't go on the air to help us get clear on our facts.