First of all, I got interested in learning about Chris Cuomo after seeing some articles about how he pushed a false narrative about an underage kid buying an AR-15 with an expired ID. See the article on Daily Wire.
It doesn’t help that Chris then did a quick course correction and said that the ID is not the point. The point is that Americans want better background checks for gun buyers. He left out the fact that the tighter background checks apply to private purchases. Silly Chris.
I have nothing against Cuomo. He’s a good-looking guy with good taste in suits, and he has a job that gives him much more air time in a day than I’ll ever have, even if I do get my fabled 15 minutes. But this story is made all the more poignant by the fact that he took issue with the term “Fake News” calling it the “N Word” for journalists.
It seems that those who were once charged with keeping the politicians honest are now acting like politicians themselves, doubling down when caught in an inconsistency.
First of all, some Japanese are very reluctant to express and opinion on politics. Others have a politically correct line that they’ve heard somewhere and figure it’s the least offensive thing to say. Others claim not to know what’s going on. Other really don’t. Still, there are some that have a well-rehearsed argument that they dig up every time politics comes up. Since asking what Japanese think of Donald Trump or America is like asking what Americans eat for breakfast, one way to try to get some insight is to look at the news.
These links lead to articles in Japanese. Livedoor – Since the scandal about President Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels hit the news, we don’t see Melania in the same place as Donald.
Toyokeizei – Trump is a brazen New Yorker who says that putting America first is good for the world. He’s pro-business so this is no surprise.
President magazine online has an interesting piece by a psychologist, who says that even after 1 year in office, the outbursts continue, such as calling some countries “toilets.” (The Japanese are so polite.) But she goes on to say that even though she has not had a chance to interview him face to face, he comes across as having a lack self-awareness and a very high opinion of himself.
Opinion piece about the the deserved disaster of Donald Trump. A contributor, Kotaru, had a very good point. I’ll paraphrase. Don’t spew hate for people who don’t think the same. Ask, “Why did Trump win?” or “Did the Democrats make any mistakes in the campaign?”
To be fair, most of these articles are straight from AP. But the Japan Times also employees some journalists that seem to have an axe to grind. Check out the
You can pretty much guess if you ask a Japanese person what they think, they’ll give you something from one of the above publications, much like Americans will give you an answer straight off of Fox or CNN.
Very few will have a Rogan/Crowder/Shapiro/Klavan line of reasoning that puts actions before party or public figure. In other words:
Trump = bad
Hillary = good
Obama = good
That’s one-dimensional thinking.
Check out this YouTube video to see how people react to President Trump’s State of the Union address rather harshly, until they find out the quotes they are attacking come from President Obama.
Rep. Brenda Lawrence was busted playing Candy Crush during President Trump’s State of the Union Address. While she is not the first person to get busted doing something like this, her timing could not have been worse. Below is a clip from a Japanese news source, Live Door. See the article in Japanese here.
She has now become an international meme, and here is my effort to further the meme.
So Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) got up and walked out in protest when Republicans started to chant “USA, USA”. I think some knee jerk reporters got duped in to attacking him over this.
What really happened? Breitbart said he “stormed” out. Not really sure about that. Maybe he was just in a hurry. They did mention he was leaving to go do an interview for Univision. Of course, it doesn’t help that Gutiérrez denounced President Trump as being “explicitly racist” after that interview. Ben Shapiro says that he can’t deal with people chanting “USA” so he left. I usually agree with Ben, but this time I have to wonder. Gutiérrez’ office just said he was trying to bet the crowd. (Nothing to see here.)
It sure doesn’t help that Gutiérrez keeps saying that President Trump is a con artist.
Let’s address one of the most idiotic comments that I’ve seen repeated over and over again on YouTube and “news” websites: Gutiérrez is not an American. Yes, he is. He was born in 1953 in the U.S. Please check the facts before tearing in to him. The fact that he opposes the President does not make him un-American. In fact, what could be more American than a person whose ancestors are not from the US who rises up to become a State Rep and protests against a President who used to be a reality TV Star. It does say something very sad about society today when Gutiérrez he is forced to give little soundbites for the nightly news rather than make a cogent argument.
So while I lean right, I can’t fault this gentleman for protesting just because he left during a Republican President’s speech. I don’t agree with making accusations without giving some evidence. Even if he walked out in protest, that’s his decision. He takes the risk or reaps the reward for that move if, indeed, it was a protest. I buy the explanation that he was going to do an interview with Univision. Poor scheduling, to be sure. And his timing, no doubt, was lousy. But Un-American? How dare you?
A FaceBook post caught my attention today. On the heels of President Trump’s SOTU address, somebody wrote this:
This is what you start to see if you only read liberal media, and why I try read writers who support a spectrum of viewpoints. Let’s break this down.
By most accounts, the economy is strong under President Trump. The Spectator says that the economy is “roaring.” Vox says that stocks are up, but that only benefits the ultra-rich. Fortune probably gives the most comprehensive report card.
But the overall consensus is that the economy is up, so the first part of this is not true.
The whole idea of destroying everything they touch is too vague to address.
But does the very presence of the GOP incite damage and destruction? I don’t see pro-lifers who want to put America first doing any damage. A strong America is good for the world. I’m so glad to see the return of pride in America, patriotism, and love of country. It’s healthy. It’s good. Loving your country doesn’t mean you hate others.
This is one reason I support free speech, especially for people I disagree with. It allows them to bring their thoughts out of the echo chamber and expose them to the light.