Senior Fake News Spreader At Politico Makes Kinsley Gaffe

A “Kinsley gaffe” is when someone in Washington DC accidentally says what they are really thinking. Jack Shafer at Pathetico made such a gaffe in his column titled “How Not to Listen to Donald Trump.

Now it could be that Obama did commit the biggest political crime in the history of the USA. If there’s a shred of evidence, I want Obama investigated. If the investigation bears fruit, I want him to have a fair trial. If he’s found guilty, I want him punished. But show me that shred of evidence first or I’m going back to bed.

At the three-and-a-half-year mark of his presidency, we have ample proof that Trump’s barking about the criminality of others—almost always his opponents—is routinely groundless. As many have written, he is a terrible source of investigative leads and he routinely spins nonsense to reset the conversation in hopes that it will deflect the press from his political problems. And he’s doing it again. As a serial and unreliable accuser, Trump is like that cocoa puff who loves to phone reporters with evidence of massive wrong-doing but when interviewed only has a shopping bag full of unrelated, yellowing news clips. The biggest difference between the cocoa puffs and the orange one, of course, is that the cocoa puffs only want to be heard while the orange one hopes his hogwash will get enough play to influence voters in November.

This is where it gets tricky for reporters. But it’s time to establish a new standard for our coverage of the president.

Journalists should still write down what he says, just as we should always listen to the cocoa puffs when they call. But the urgency of our investigations should be informed by what sort of substantiation Trump and his surrogates provide. Does the press have an obligation to debunk every allegation he makes, even the vague and tissue-thin charges he makes on a regular basis? Who made him our assignment editor? Trump has cried wolf so many times—deliberately wasting journalistic resources by sending reporters off to investigate spurious charges—that it’s now incumbent upon him to invest his charges with some tangible proof if he expects reporters to follow his lead. At the very least, Trump should explain what law was broken and cite its page number in the legal code, offer to share with journalists the evidence he has collected, and present the criminal or civil complaint he has filed. Unless and until he does that, reporters have no duty to publicize his blabber beyond recording it for posterity in a brief mention inside the A section.

We can expect more, not less of Trump’s wolf-cries as the election approaches, as international affairs professor Tom Nichols tweeted Wednesday. “The Trump people are going to unleash a blizzard of bullshit, including selective releases and declassifications and leaks, and if the media chases every one of these as bombshell, they’re going to end up being a functioning arm of the Trump campaign,” Nichols wrote. Telling the president to put up or shut up with his accusation—to put the onus on him to show that there is a there there—is the only way press can declare its independence from his tricks.

Did you catch it?

Here is is:

Does the press have an obligation to debunk every allegation he makes, even the vague and tissue-thin charges he makes on a regular basis?

Jack Shafer reveals the media mindset – “debunk Trump”- which is responsible for so much of the news coverage Trump receives. That’s why Trump mentioning Hydroxychloroquine as a promising treatment for the ‘Rona virus resulted in a drug that’s been around for 60 years suddenly being declared Public Enemy #1.

The media is worried about Obama henchmen getting indicted. They’re worried, but they don’t want to talk about it. They are going to place an embargo on all the bad news for Democrats between now and November. They’ll dress it up in high-falutin’ moral terms, but they’ll do their best to ignore the 500 lb gorilla sitting in the living room.

“Gorilla? What gorilla?”

If there’s a shred of evidence, I want Obama investigated.

“Shred? What shred?”

Meanwhile, ever bit of negative news for Trump will get rushed to publication after running it thru a TDS amplifier.

If you had any doubt about where Shafer is coming from, his citation to “international affairs professor Tom Nichols” tells you everything you need to know. Nichols is a rabid NeverTrumper.

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131 Responses to Senior Fake News Spreader At Politico Makes Kinsley Gaffe

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Thanks for the link. Many of her questions are ones I ask myself when looking at the stats for our area.

      My training is in analysis and planning but even with my more layman’s eye, with some epi and public health background , have been shocked that basic statistical and epidemiological tenants have been ignored by many . Not to mention my dislike of fancy dashboards has been growing exponentially. Especially for those color coded in a way to illicit the most anxiety. over the past couple decades I have found the NEJM and their ilk less and less reliable as they have given their political ideology and financial backing far more weight.

      • driguana says:

        There is so much to what is going on it can get very frustrating to dig deeper….and, as we know, most sheeple simply love their sound bytes!! I’m glad you read the article…I found it quite interesting. Thanks.

  1. DeniseVB says:

    There seems to be a problem with the photo I posted from our local paper in the last thread. It may not be what it appears to be? It’s showing about 40 blocks of beach compressed into one. LOL, why would our Northam loving rag want to piss him off? Could it be, fake gnus ? 😀

  2. DeniseVB says:

    If this lady wins her election, I want to move to CO-03. She owns the Shooters Grille in Rifle, Colorado 😀

  3. lyn says:

    I was a bad girl on Facebook. I’m blocked for three days. My comment: Men are the new b!tches. That’s hate speech.

  4. taw46 says:

  5. Dora says:

    It looks like Matt Tabbi has been red-pilled!

  6. Dora says:

    Obama White House Kept Key Officials in Dark About Brennan’s Russia Intel

    President Barack Obama’s White House kept three key officials in the dark about bombshell Russia intelligence received in early August of 2016 from CIA Director John Brennan until after the presidential election in November.

    The three officials held the top roles focusing on Russia, cybersecurity, and intelligence programs at the National Security Council. Their exclusion is likely to raise new questions about the Obama administration’s involvement in the origins of the investigation of the Trump campaign that evolved into the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller.

  7. Mothy67 says:

    Kung Flu has taught me one thing. My mom hates me for being gay. She always has. I shame her. She hates me on a deep level. I am okay with the honesty. She is never going to admit the past. My history is not hers. She will never admit she took raw noodles and beat me. Have you ever been beaten by spaghetti. It is not top five ways to spend an evening fun. My mom lies to my face about those trips. They were not slips. I had broken noses not once a few times. Collar bones. Forearms. I often went to ER. I took more than a few trips to hell. I was a 16 year old dishwasher walking to the store to get my mom smokes. They jumped out of an El Camino. We know what you want faggot. That was fun if gang rape is on your bucket list. I bought my mom who already hated me a pack of virginia slims. I laid the pack on the table went outside and then kicked in a basement window. I slept on cold hard cement alone covered in piss and semen. I did not want to hurt my parents. They would have been ashamed of me. i stayed silent for my life it was my piece. Not gonna ever happen with Shayla. Bring it!

    • Jentx says:

      I’m so sorry I wish I could say something take it away but I can this much I can tell you there’s a special place in heaven for all animals and victims of child abuse. I wish God would give me superpowers and I would kill everybody who even think about hurting a child or an animal.

      • Mothy67 says:

        Many have had it far worse. I got to learn quite a bit. I have been chugging along with this annoying person for 13 years. I built something profound. I am adding something positive to the world. I distinctly remember having to meet a bunch of friends at the Whitney to see a Mark Rothko retrospect. I was fundamentally incapable of flipping out over Rothko. He was a demi god at that time. I had read the pieces in Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, The slimes and every other snooze outlet. I was supposed to love Rothko. Well me being me I got laid with a stranger and show up hours late. My pretentious friends are well into the exhibit. I was wearing clothes from the previous night. Dark brown shoes, charcoal pants, and an aubergine shirt. I just avoided clashing. The very first Rothko after his early work was the same color scheme. I have been given so much. My life has been a tapastry of rich and royal hues. This kid, this kid ( i hear Faith Hill This Kiss) is no joke. I built that. Her story could be tragic. I said no thank you. We will build the best we can with what we have. I went all in. I err, but I am a bit of a fan boy of this dude who stumbled a few times. He got up after being knocked down. He sustained. The bloke was bff with an actual whore. I was an altar boy. I do not give a rat’s ass about pope climate the first. He can blow me. I own my faith he does not.
        Don’t you think it’s rather funny……… I tended bar on West 46th. Cold very cold Monday nights the ladies of the night would pop in for a Hennessay. I was cool as long as no pimp came in. Helen Reddy lived upstairs???? I don’t know how to love him/Delta Dawn sat at my bar. Six pack Annie was one of my favorite childhood figures. I treasured Annie. She was never sober. Today she would be medicated. She would not be Annie. She was a gift. I have been given so much. You have to return the favor. Fucking Holly done did that die thing. She had cervical cancer. Gone. 1987 I said Holly crash for the night. She decided to not leave. We were in Philly. Her brother married Chelsea Clinton. Shaypup was toying around with a generic pic in the basement. I had to yell at her. It was an original Basquiat. That pays for college and a few years in Paris. She has no idea. I am just this old dude.
        We went to the Warhol museum and I told her Elizabeth Taylor told me I had beautiful eyes. Elizabeth fucking Taylor. La la Liz with arguably the greatest orbs ever said I had stunning eyes. Shay did not care. I am just some old guy with a credit card.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Gird your loins fellow social media buddies. Lay low, in that “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it at all” for the next few weeks. The DNC has launched their flying monkeys to attack, and your little dogs and cats too 😉

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Oh my ! I guess Trump is fighting for us so the “Republican’ts” don’t have too 😀

  10. SHV says:

    More defiance and “anti-social” behavior benefitting from the end times “lock down”…..

    The Cannonball Run record has been lowered seven times in the past five weeks. The Cannonball Run is a highly illegal automobile run from the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan to the Portofini Inn in Redondo Beach, Ca. With the lack of traffic on interstates, the time is now less than 26 hours. Prior to the ‘Rona, a time of less than 28 hours was thought to be impossible.

    • helenk3 says:

      the guard should have smacked her face with the rife butt. this thing does not belong in this country and should be deported now

    • Miranda says:

      This is fake. “They didn’t retrieve Matt Damon”?

  11. Dora says:

    Get ready for the screams and rants.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I told them, That they were messing with wrong Man!!
      But they didn’t listen. 😆

  12. DeniseVB says:

    I don’t think the virus is the only thing wealthy NYers are escaping. The Trumps left long before the outbreak because of sh*tty policies and taxes. This is an interesting thread, lots of fun graphs and charts to look at and go hmmmmmmm.

    • somebody says:

      They are still coming. I had the misfortune of being at the airport Saturday. Hubby wanted to rent the exact model car we are thinking of buying. It didn’t work out for us, when you get to the counter they refuse to guarantee that model and/or claim not to have one. After the 1st rejection, which involved an HOUR long line. We went to garage and wrote down the parking space numbers of that model in the 2nd companies fleet, stood in another line that was thankfully shorter and still told to FO.

      That 1st line the people had distinct NY accents. Most were in masks, but the couple behind us were not. I didn’t notice what went down, but until we were near the front this couple wasn’t behind us. It’s like they appeared from nowhere. They were very young and she had herself a nasty cough and absolutely no respect for the social distance marks. She was literally breathing on the back of my neck. I inched forward and so did she. I heard the two of them talking, apparently they left wherever they came from and plan to start over in JAX. Apparently they packed super light because the dude said he was going to have to go clothes shopping and get a wardrobe to job hunt.

      They just appeared, we presume they used her cough to clear the line and continue to move up to the front. Luckily we were next so we weren’t around them long, but they were definitely from the NE somewhere.

      After the first fiasco I was ready to leave, but hubby wasn’t deterred. The 2nd line was shorter and the 3rd company was under two minutes. We were unsuccessful despite there being 15 of that model sitting in the garage. It’s like they thought we were up to no good or something. The 3rd company had a kiosk outside. Hubby wanted to try another company and I said I’d had enough and I was NOT going back inside that effing airport.

      Moral to the story, they’re still coming. There are not as many flights, but the ones coming south are full. I saw it with my own two eyes. Who can blame them, how are they supposed to survive? If they stay, I hope they didn’t bring their voting habits with them.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    This is a great thread just because Brendan Carr is the Commissioner of the FCC and takes on a whiny gnus guy who lashed out at Trump. (I think it’s in the last thread the ” Trumps head on Bill Pullman’s body rallying his fighter pilots”)

  14. Dora says:

    Happening Now!

  15. votermom says:

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  17. somebody says:

    I just found out my son has a return to work date of June 29th, so my grandkids will be coming back here on the 29th. Wow! Almost 4 months, last day I watched them was March 6th.

    I’ve now got 6 weeks to finish all my projects. I started off like gang busters and then got lazy. I was like, no enjoy the lull. Time to get in gear, my waistline will be glad for it too, my new theme song is “Do you know the muffin man” 🥺 Question is can I get hubby on the same page? When all this started we loaded up on groceries, etc., but we also dropped a lot of cash at home improvement stores for projects.

    I think I’ll start with finishing the outdoor stuff before the weather becomes oppressive.

    • Mothy67 says:

      Am i crazy ( rhetorical) or did your capital S become a little s?

      • somebody says:

        No it became a lower case. It popped up that way and I clicked it, didn’t think anyone would notice 🙃

    • DeniseVB says:

      Our neighbors haven’t missed a day of daycare, they’ve had the grandkids non-stop since our state shut down in March. Sometimes weekends too because their son and snowflake wife “need the break”. Funny she was furloughed and home, the son was working from home, but she couldn’t keep the kids quiet enough and he was distracted, whine, whine, whine. Our neighbors are the sweetest people, but they’re doormats. It’s why we didn’t move to Florida to help with the twins. My son was out of town a lot and dil worked retail with crazy hours 24/7. Oh, we saw the handwriting on the wall, we’d be full time schlubs. Needless to say, we never won Grandparents of the Year Awards 😀

  18. DeniseVB says:

    I want one….

  19. helenk3 says:

    hope this works I like this guy

  20. DeniseVB says:

    Fake Gnusman Rather, lol, still circling the wagons around the Queen.

  21. helenk3 says:

    something got into to my eyes as I watched this

  22. Dora says:

    • Jentx says:


    • elliesmom says:

      You can trust the science. It’s the “scientists” you can’t trust.

      • lyn says:


      • jentx says:

        All science is paid for. You have to look at who is paying for study. Follow the money. For example, Sweden is kicking ass on Covid 19 UNLESS you read the Business Insider who is quoting WHO ‘expert.’ Go figure…nope. Covid 19, WHO, China, Demorats….all meant to destroy USa and they want Sweden to fail to show we need to lose jobs, become depending on govt., and give up and let ‘them’ rule. FUCK THAT SHIT. GO TO WORK. RIP OF MASKS, STAND UP NOW or NEVER.

    • John Denney says:

      Dr. Charles (Charlie) Dewberry wrote a gem of a book about just that.

      He says the scientific establishment has replaced the Church of Galileo’s time. Ideas that go against current theology are not permitted.

      He wrote the book in response to the results delivered by a million dollar scientific study commissioned by the State of Washington (Oregon?) to facilitate the recovery of depleted salmon stocks. For their million bucks, the people of the state got the answer, “what depletion?”
      “At the beginning of the 20th century there were salmon canneries all up and down the rivers, producing tons of canned salmon! There are no more canneries because salmon stocks are so low!!!”
      “That’s just hearsay, not scientific data.”

      Peer-reviewed science is to be objective, yet the first question on a review form is subjective: Is this paper important?

      Dr. Dewberry once submitted a paper for publication, and it was peer reviewed by 3 scientists. The first stated that it was the most important paper in years and should be published as is. The 2nd said he really didn’t see its significance, but it would be ok to publish it, after some editing. The 3rd said it was not worth the paper it was written on, and should not be published, period. If science is truly objective, how did 3 scientists arrive at such wildly disparate conclusions?

      • John Denney says:

        The book is being disappeared.

        It’s title is, “Saving Science: A Critique of Science and Its Role in Salmon Recovery”

    • John Denney says:

      “Saving Science: A Critique of Science and Its Role in Salmon Recovery”

  23. Dora says:

    • michelina says:

      I read SWAT came down on them, can anyone verify this?

      • elliesmom says:

        They appear to be still in business, and the folks standing outside cheering are buying gym memberships, but I’ve been out walking Ellie for a bit. 🙂

  24. Mothy67 says:

    I love my mom, but she can crack open a can of crazy like no other.
    Friends think I am nuts for putting up with her. She hates homosexuals. Life ain’t black and white. Sharon never left the hospital when I was a kid. ICU was different in 1970. My mom got 15 minutes on the hour. She did not miss one minute. I have been called a miracle by heart surgeons. You don’t walk away, at least back then, from extreme deformity. I was sorta research. They worked on me but it was to learn. I was not going to make it. Nearly all kids who survived such extreme congenital defects as I have severe mental retardation. I skipped 2nd and 6th. Stanford – Binet actually clocks me as low genius. That is funny. I cannot tie my shoes. I try. Double knots. Does not matter they come undone. I went to Purdue on an engineering scholarship. I was such a moron – i thought I was gonna learn to drive trains. My pap was a conductor. I knew nothing else.
    So my mom is acting out today. I love her but the crazy is strong. She was a high school drop out. 10th grade. She had six kids and became an executive after getting a two year nursing degree. I am raising Shay with her. She is only 18 years older than me. She worked with Dennis Miller’s mom. Several girls have been over since the unlockdown. We are sorta being taken advantage. We are always being taken for a ride. This is not new. My mom has every right to be angry. She explodes too late and it is always disproportionate. My mother does not set up boundaries. It is Monday the girls came on Friday. Still here. Sharon does not deal with shit. She ignores and then explodes.
    I love my bat shit crazy mom but she is whacked. After 60 days of lockdown some girls are not going home. My mom is blinded by her anger. I adore her but her scope is limited. Why aren’t the girls going home?

    • lyn says:

      Obama and Biden get off. 29:00

      • DeniseVB says:

        4-D chess is complicated 😉

        • Angie says:

          Anyone who thinks Obama is getting indicted is living in fantasy land or listening to liars.
          The BEST CASE SCENARIO is Obama is publicly exposed as the corrupt fraud he is with indictments of high level people from his “scandal free” administration & he is forever known as “disgraced former president Obama.”
          Even if there is a crime that can be proven he committed, i honestly don’t think he should be indicted (just exposed & disgraced) because trying him would rip this county apart, and I’m tired of this shit.

  25. DeniseVB says:

    Awww, I remember (1979)

  26. John Denney says:

    26% covid 19 tax on your restaurant bill in Chicago??? You heard of this, Cisco?

    • Cisco says:

      I’ve been hiding out in a Western suburb going on a year.
      Haven’t been to nor have any desire to return to Chicago.
      Even when I was there I was literally next to the x-way.
      Go shopping in Indiana and gas up & visit kin.
      Especially booze and stogies.
      And I thank mayor Groot for getting me off my ass and leave not only Chicago but Corrupt County.
      To old to move.

    • foxyladi14 says:


  27. Dora says:

  28. Dora says:

    • Dora says:

      • lyn says:

        Cali-assholes love Montana.

      • lateblum says:

        And Pritzker has horse/equestrian ranches in FL and in WI. His wife was in FL until recently, when she returned north to go to their horse ranch/farm in WI. I am told Pritzker met her up there for a visit. Meanwhile, my daughter and every other person who is is a nursing home has been confined to their individual rooms with doors and windows closed 24/7 since the beginning of March with the only way leave her/their room/s is to come down with COVID or kidney failure. Dd#2 was diagnosed with COVID19 the week before Mother’s Day. Thank heaven she survived. But said she had more freedom while she was sick and is quite sad and depressed because she is back in her room once again, the only time she is allowed to leave is to take a shower. Same for everyone else.
        It stinks. So when I see Pritzker talk about how we’re all in this together, I want to lock him in a small room for ma week and then see what he says.

  29. Angie says:

  30. somebody says:

    POTUS just announced he is the hydroxy chloroquine cocktail as a prophylactic

  31. Mothy67 says:

    If I may
    I gots me a 13 year old girl with breasts
    Am I allowed to speak my piece or does #MeToo extinguish my voice.
    It was the fall. Eleventh grade. I had to see the school doctor. I have no idea why we suddenly needed a doctor. I had on e!ectric blue courdorys. I can still see every second.
    He told me my posture was bad. He got behind me and did his best to enter me. I was trapped in his arms. I had all this change in my pockets. I was a 16 year old dishwasher. The loose change hit the floor and he let me go. The MD had tried to rape me in the school with the nurse outside the door. I was shaking. He went out and told the nurse he thought I was gay. I was GAY. He tried to shove his penis in my ass. Gee it was 1982. MTV was taboo. My school did respond by erasing me. I had just transferred there. The physics teacher told me I could not get caught up. I was on my 4th high school. It was Thanksgiving break my junior year. I completed the whole text in four days. Then this doctor attempted to take me . I got thrown away. Shaypup is 40 years younger than me. She was thrown away. She is a star. Same school.

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  34. DeniseVB says:

    I like Marco. Good or Bad move?

  35. Dora says:

  36. DeniseVB says:

    My people on Twitter, drunk, retired Marines 😛

    • Cisco says:

      Drunk, retired Marines…redundant no?
      I have nothing but respect and admiration for our Marines, but I couldn’t help but think of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s comment.

      “The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!”
      Eleanor Roosevelt

  37. DeniseVB says:

    OMG, Kait went. there. You can tell she’s being careful with her words…….

  38. SHV says:

    The LA Public Health Director, Barbara Ferrer, who is making decisions to continue lock down for three more months, has a PhD in Public Welfare.

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