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Friday, 21 April 2017


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It's been reported in several places that Trump only reads newspaper articles about himself. Otherwise he gets his information from cable news, mostly from the fantasy outlet Fox. Attributing motives to Trump's actions is a fool's errand.

I expect he asked your friend Obama where he got his information from. As Obama often said - he only knew about something when he read it in the newspapers.

backofanenvelope, evidently you only pay attention to rightist fantasy "news". Show me anywhere else Obama said he only knew about something when he read it in the newspapers.

Well Bob, I see that when you say Trump only reads articles about himself, you are quite right. It says so in the NYT. Must be true.

I don't know if Donald gets it strategically, but I guarantee you Sec. Def. Mattis does as well as General McMaster. For decades we have helped out in the "somebody should do something" campaign. Nothing happens. We can wait for a bad event and then people will say "somebody should have done something". A solution must involve China it seems. China would be better served by a healthy economic relation with South Korea, not the North. Their dog eating dictator needs to be removed in an imaginative way if necessary. Removed along with the nukes as well. If the grass munching Norks want to stay a satellite of China...ok if no nukes or Kim dynasty.


You didn't take my challenge, but I'll play along for a bit. I don't read the NYT but Trump does:

The sole reference I could find to Obama's only finding out about things in newspapers was in the Daily Mail, and the claims were inaccurate, exaggerated, or both. Do you suppose Obama found out where OBL was hiding in the NYT or the Daily Mail?

The video in his own words.

Bob:The sole reference I could find to Obama's only finding out about things in newspapers was in the Daily Mail

Sometimes when we reach a certain age our memories seem to put distance from reality. Hope this helps in your search.

Fast and Furious: When asked about the gun-running scandal that resulted in the death of border agent Brian Terry in 2010, President Obama told reporters on Oct. 11, 2011, “I heard on the news about this story, that, uh, Fast and Furious.”

NSA spying on foreign leaders: President Obama said he didn't know his administration was spying on foreign leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He told the press on Oct. 28, 2013 that, “I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through the press.”

The IRS's targeting of conservative groups: President Obama told the media in May 2013 that he first learned about the IRS's improper targeting “from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.”

The Justice Department's wiretapping of AP and Fox News reporters: When asked about the secret seizure of reporters' phone records, Obama spokesperson Jay Carney told the media that the president “found out about the news reports, uh, yesterday on the road.”

The Department of Veterans' Affairs healthcare 'waiting list' scandal: The White House appeared to be in the dark about the waiting list scandal and cover-up related to medical care for the country's military vets. Then-Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that, “We learned about them through the news reports. I will double check if that is not the case. But that is when we learned about them.”

The Unauthorized Air Force One photo-op: New York City residents were panicked when, in April 2009, Air Force One — sans President Obama — flew over the Statue of Liberty for a pre-scheduled photo-op. Obama's response: “It was something that, uh, we found out about, uh, along with all of you.”

missred, the link is broken.

All, surly there are things Obama found out about in newspapers. I've no argument with that, but the idea that it's the only way he learned about events is absurd. All presidents read the papers, but all presidents don't believe things said on 'Fox and Friends', Morning Joe, and other goofy outlets like InfoWars that Trump reportedly watches, reads, or listens to. If the NYT is always wrong, why don't you think he's a fool for reading it?

You can believe Obama is an idiot and Trump has a huge intellect, but it just won't wash. Eventually reality will assert itself.

I suspect that both of them are idiots!

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