Is President Trump too “Thin-Skinned”

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Most people would probably say ‘Yes!’ he whines too much about the media — but given a second thought it’s hard to blame  him.

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How would you, ‘Joe or Jane Citizen’, feel if your local newspaper started a campaign of half-truths, distortions, and innuendos just short of outright lies in an attempt to destroy your image and your credibility, and taint your family’s or businesses’ name. I don’t know about you Jane and Joe but I would be mad as Hell and tell everyone I could that the local news was filled with “lies”.

In his speech to CPAC this week, Trump hit the nail right on the head when he complained about anonymous sources as the basis for most of the reporting from media organizations such as CNN, the Washington Post and the font of all the anti-Trump rhetoric “fit to print”, the New York Times. Trump’s response to this situation was “tell me to my face” (not through some questionable anonymous source).

I’m well aware that anonymous sources are traditionally considered “needed” in the news reporting business but, freedom of the press aside, there should be some control over the ‘leaked’ information when it is used as a bludgeon against an individual. Just as the accused has the right to confront his or her accuser in a court of law, the same or a very close standard should be in place in the ‘Court of Public Opinion.”

An unfounded rumor can ruin any American’s family life, business, and finances.

 

Colorado GOP Debate: Winners and Whiners

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The Republican National Committee is being criticized by Conservatives competing for the presidential nomination because they allow obviously anti-Republican media organizations (CNBC and CNN) to organize and moderate their debates.

Yes, the questions were full of Liberal bias; and Yes, they were at times rude as well as stupid; and Yes, most of the questions, as asked, never really touched on most of the major issues facing the country. This perhaps should not have been expected from a professional media organization, but it was what it was!

The candidates debate and post-debate reactions, however, should not have been to whine and complain like school children after a difficult test. These guys, and this lady, are competing for the what was, before Obama, the most prestigious political office in the world. If any one of them can’t handle the kind of highly-biased, outrageously unprofessional questions supplied by CNBC, that person should seriously consider dropping out of the race before they waste any more of their, or their contributor’s, money.

The RNC, perhaps unwittingly, did the potential voters (and the candidates themselves) a favor by allowing us to see how they react to uncomfortable and hostile questioning. The winners are the candidates who made the best of a bad thing; those who were able to turn bad questions into quality policy statements.

The biggest losers are the one’s who complained the loudest, primarily Ted Cruz and Chris Christie. To me, personally, the fact that Ted Cruz chose to spend any debate time whining, rather than making the best of his opportunity to elaborate on his approach to an important issue, is most disappointing. Cruz, IMO, is one of the three candidates who would make the best, most successful president in 2016 and beyond.

Nothing wrong with voicing your displeasure over the situation, but doing that too obtrusively just gives ammunition to the opposition; and they will use it just like I did at the beginning of this post when I likened the candidates’ reactions to the whining and complaining of “school children after a difficult test.”

Truth is, ANY of the candidates on that stage in Colorado this week would undoubtedly be 300 % better for America than the man who currently works every day from the oval office to tear away another piece from the fabric of our society and from the Constitution itself.

Kim Jong Trump

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I think I’m beginning to “O.D.” on Donald Trump and it is more the fault of the news media in general, and specifically the fault of “NewsMax”, then it is the fault of Donald Trump or his campaign staff. I don’t know if Trump owns a large piece of NewsMax or not, but that periodical’s major obsession with his campaign makes it seem like he is either an owner or a ‘favorite son.’

And it’s not just NewsMax!

There are constant, tiring repetitions all over the media, in word and video, of Trump’s admittedly whiny behavior. (His whining about fair treatment frankly  made me think of that immature brat that runs North Korea, Kim Jong what-his-name). Trump thinks he has the Republican party over a barrel, and maybe he does! He’s apparently still the Republican electorate’s choice in the crowded field (and he’s still my choice) but if he has me wondering about his behavior (me, an early and avid backer and big fan of his straight talking no B.S.style) he might be committing ‘suicide by media’.

I love what Trump has to say about Iran, Mexico, China, Obama and the many other dumb-ass professional politicians in Washington. He makes sense and his utter disdain for political correctness is like a cool breeze in this hot Summer weather. He’s the angry, fed-up voice of many millions of voters but right now it seems as if he is getting too much press coverage.