The Press and The President™


Call Outs Never Prosper: WSJ and Coulter Whiff

July 19, 2017

In this week of political posturing, two skirmishes stood out in the games of influence and strategy, each offering lessons in ad hominem attacks and the risks thereof. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Alarmed by the arc of Donald Trump’s presidency and his […]

Trump as Red Herring

Dear Donald: Toss the Red Herring, Now

July 12, 2017

Dear Mr. President, I know you’re good at outrunning your problems. Access Hollywood, Trump University, housing discrimination, etc. As the old joke goes…you’re pretty good at keeping things between you and the bear. That might mean the Russian bear, but […]

Cronkite Waldo

Find Walter or Bait Donald: Media’s Play to Beat Fake News

July 5, 2017

While real business gets done at the G-20 summit this week, the press might study its amateur defense of Donald Trump and his fake news media war. What’s clear in the fracas is that neither party has the credibility or public trust to win the war outright. […]

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Trumped: Flyover Tweets are Perfect Propaganda

June 29, 2017

Many Americans live in what long-haul aviators first described as flyover country and what political demographers now call the vast midlands that lay between our coasts. If you’re in flyover country, you’re forgotten. It’s no mistake, then, that the states we buzz […]

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The Plays of Propaganda: Enter Joseph Goebbels

June 22, 2017

There’s the F word. There’s the N word. Now there’s the G word. As in Goebells. Joseph Goebells, Adolph Hitler’s loyal minister of propaganda whose storytelling prowess helped galvanize and empower The Third Reich and its brutal reign. His name was shouted last […]