Decoding Donald™


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 this time it’s the media — angry, liberal, biased, fake and broken. Such losers. Oh, […]

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. Normally, Trump’s call outs and labels would fall flat and his incessant red herrings would be […]

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 by are potently pro-Trump. The new president, after all, sought their support and gave them […]

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 week by a pro-Trump activist during a modern re-do of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in New York City’s […]

Plucked Up, Body-Slammed, and Half-Dissed

May 31, 2017

This was a week for the peanut gallery. While Donald Trump tossed red herrings to divert the Russian probe, a comedienne, a reporter and a vanquished candidate were keen to counter his brand of chaos. Here are the plays they ran: PLUCK UP  Funny woman Kathy Griffin went up to and over the comic edge when she hoisted […]