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    How they get themselves snookered

    Post  sinister_midget on Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:14 pm

    How Trump got the media to talk about Obama's abuse of FISA

    Trumpology is simple. He is so easy to read that I should be embarrassed to be writing books and blogs about how he Road Runners the Wile E. Coyote press. But I am shameless.

    Today's example is how do you get a press that serviced Barack Obama for more than a decade (going back to his brief Senate tenure) about the worst abuse of presidential power in American history.

    Watergate failed to wiretap Larry O'Brien (McGovern's DNC chief).

    Obama listened in like an old lady with a party line.

    (Reader: I don't get the reference. Me: Ask your mother. If she doesn't know, ask grandma.)

    So how does President Trump get the press to talk about the news it wants to keep to itself?

    Twitter!



    Suddenly the story is that crazy Trump is attacking his own attorney general again.

    Which means the press has to disclose the fact that Obama abused his power.

    "Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department is looking at whether the FBI has properly handled applications for surveillance orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act," CNN reported.

    But the tweet reveals more than that. Trump is the president. He gives orders. If Sessions bucks him, that is insubordination, and he certainly can be fired.

    Ask James Comey how that works.

    But I don't see that happening.

    What I do see is Trump telegraphing that he is not ordering the Department of Justice to investigate Barack Obama for criminal abuse of the national security apparatus. 

    That means whatever results come from an investigation are not on his orders. Trump's hands are clean.

    Meanwhile, Sessions responded as one would expect, telling reporters at a press conference, which just happened to be scheduled after the tweet, "We believe the Department of Justice must adhere to the high standards in the FISA court. And yes, it will be investigated. And I think that's just the appropriate thing, the inspector general will take that as one of the matter's he'll deal with."

    Trump knows the value of timing. Trump did not invent the manipulation of the news by a president because such agenda-setting comes with being the most powerful man on the planet.

    What Trump has done is allow the public in on the manipulation. His presidency is entertaining because he has broken down that fourth wall by talking directly to the people.


    I know people have wondered for a long time why Sessions hasn't been more openly active. There are people on Gab constantly whining about no indictments for known crimes by several people. And I admit it has made me a little nervous because of statutes of limitations on some of Hitlery's felonies.

    But I've also suspected for awhile that Sessions is doing what he should do. At least as far as Trump is concerned. He may be deliberately appearing to drag his feet so Trump can call him out publicly. Then he can act as though he feels threatened about losing his job and start doing something. In many cases I suspect he already was. But it was quiet and deliberate so nobody would pay much attention. Then once he openly begins something, the usual roadblocks can be tossed in his path to slow him down. But - if my guess about all of this is correct - much of what they want to drag out is already too late for them to slow it down since he's already done a lot of the legwork before the subject ever became on open thing. He can even play along like they're slowing him down just to keep them off guard. He already has what he's after.

    Trump tweeting these things is just the setup if I'm correct. I keeping hearing allusions to coming indictments, lots of them (stated by Dan Bongino, Nunes, the head of the House Intelligence committee, this anonymous person calling himself "Q" who has predicted some things that have happened). If that's accurate, there's been a whole lot of work already done that's going to floor a bunch of crooks when those indictments come down.

    Often all this leads to something like we see now: the media feels compelled to cover it when they'd rather it go away.


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    Re: How they get themselves snookered

    Post  sinister_midget on Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:21 pm

    Looks like I'm not alone in my assessment. Somebody else agrees at least in part.

    Understanding the strategy behind President Trump's twitter slam of AG Sessions

    I have a strong suspicion that the current kerfuffle between President Trump and Jeff Sessions is part of a strategy, not merely – as the left has it – a rogue president shockingly, immaturely, and inappropriately attacking his attorney general on Twitter.

    By now, you have probably seen the tweet in question:

    Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018

    Occam's Razor suggests that the president means it and that he really wants DOJ prosecutors charged with going after Comey and is genuinely angry at Sessions.  But I always see Donald Trump as a master of the video narrative, an expert crafter of story arcs that work to his advantage, and which often lure his opponents into positions that redound to his benefit once all the facts and drama have played themselves out before the nation's eyes.  Never forget that Donald Trump is the most successful reality television producer in the history of the medium.  And never forget that he played the media like a Stradivarius violin during the campaign, exploiting their predictable outrage.

    [size=16]One other thing to never forget: Jeff Sessions spent 12 years as a U.S. attorney in Alabama and went on to spend two years as the attorney general of Alabama before becoming a United States senator.  He is a veteran prosecutor, and he knows that you keep evidence secret, and that when you bring an indictment, you must have all your ducks in line, not compromised by leaks and not requiring more investigation.[/size]

    What if A.G. Sessions is already conducting serious investigations and has developed evidence that will result in indictments for misbehavior in the surveillance of the Trump campaign and in the FBI?  The very last thing Sessions (or Trump) would want is for Sessions to be seen as Trump's hit man, going after his political opponents.  Wouldn't it better, instead, for Sessions to be regarded by the mainstream media as someone sympathetic, because the POTUS has attacked him?

    Exactly the point I was making. Do you work behinds the scenes while the guilty think they've gotten away with everything and relax. Then make a little noise to ruffle some feathers. Watch the reaction of those involved to see how guilty they know they are and maybe open up a thing or two you missed. While they panic trying to cover everything up at once go after the pieces you might have missed as subtly as possible so they don't spot what you're doing in the middle of the chaos.

    I don't know that's what's going on. But I also don't think Trump is as upset with him as he appears to be in public. If he really was, Sessions would be gone already.

    This dispatch from Trump-hating CNN makes my point:

    Here's what is actually disgraceful: The president of the United States is engaged in a one-sided smear effort against the man who, less than 18 months ago, he nominated to be the top law enforcement official in the country.

    Consider:


    • In December 2017, Trump told The New York Times that he would never have named Sessions as attorney general if he had known Sessions was going to recuse himself from the investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the 2016 election.
    • In late July 2017, Trump referred to Sessions as "beleaguered" and hit him for not looking more into the alleged crimes of Hillary Clinton.
    • The next day, Trump savaged Sessions as "very weak" for his handling of "Hillary Clinton crimes."
    • That same day, Trump told The Wall Street Journal he was "disappointed" in Sessions' recusal: "Why didn't you tell me that you were going to do that, and I wouldn't have appointed you?" he said.
    • In May 2017, following the news that Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation, Trump, according to The New York Times, called Sessions an "idiot" and said he should resign.


    There you go. He's forced the MSM to be on Sessions' side. They'll have to either walk it back now or prove themselves untrustworthy yet again.

    That's another trick Trump has been known to employ. One day every Democrat called for Comey to be fired. Next day every Democrat complained it was illegal to fire Comey. The press may not have played it up, but people noticed.

    Professor Larry Schwiekart yesterday posted an interesting Twitter thread in which he made the same case I am making here.  Read the whole thing, but the key points are:

    Trump MUST avoid the perception that he is "going after" political opponents. (I know, it's ok for DemoKKKrats to do this – but that's not an argument[.]) ...

    Had Trump come out on Jan 21, 2017 and sent Sessions after Cankles, he would have been impeached by now[.] ...

    It is a very slow and methodical process. Moreover, it involves a phenomenal amount of deception. Sessions must be (and is) deeply involved, but cannot appear to be involved at all[.] ...

    Trump has therefore from the outset had to pretend there is a scism [sic] between the Oval Office and the DOJ. "Ol Jeff just isn't doing his job. What's wrong? Why is he letting mean old Mulehead attack me?"  ...

    Now with one tweet Trump not only MAKES the fake news cover the IG but makes the IG sympathetic to them. They rush to his defense. And by extension they rush to Sessions defense. 9) Trump has them. When the IG report drops, this upstanding guy who Trump attacked will pounce[.]

    Keep in mind that the I.G. report is supposed to be released this month.  Trump's seeming attack on the I.G. creates media sympathy for and interest in Michael Horowitz and his report.

    There it is again.

    Further, it may well be that Sessions' "announcement" of these investigations by DOJ (Remember, they include a) U1, b) Cankles emails, c) Clinton Foundation, and now d) FISA fraud) is less an announcement they are BEGINNING than that they may be near completion.

    In just a few months, Trump has positioned Sessions to be 'above politics," Horowitz to be non-partisan just doing a job & Mulehead a "witch hunter." ...

    Where does fake news turn when Sessions announces indictments, Horowitz destroys Ds in his report & Mulehead clears Trump[.]

    Now, it may be that Occam was right, and the simplest explanation is the best one: Trump is really mad at Sessions.  It's clear that his recusal from appointing a special counsel has caused grave trouble, but President Trump could have fired him anytime he wishes.  And he would have, if he really thought the prosecutions of his mortal enemies are going nowhere.


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