Let’s talk about fake news

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.

 

What do they think of President Trump in Japan?

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.

These links lead to articles in English.
Support for the United States in Japan has dropped to the lowest level in nine years

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?”

The madness of King Donald – commentary by Elizabeth Drew, who has very little good to say about President Trump

The Japan times, depending on who is in charge, can lean anti-Trump bias and anti-American. Americans are portrayed as buffoons and the country is portrayed as divided, dangerous, and sinking slowly.

U.S. spies bilked for $100,000 by Russian peddling Trump secrets: report

Amid a White House in tumult, Trump defends former aide accused of abuse
The (not so) subtle note is that the White House is in disarray.

Even Pence can’t get it right:
Pence’s bid to isolate North Korea at Olympics falls flat

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 playing candy crush makes the Japanese news

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.

Luis Gutiérrez leaves SOTU in protest!

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?

Fire and Fury – aimed at Hillary Clinton

Boy, Hillary Clinton just can’t seem to catch a break. First, she loses the election. Then the story breaks that she was a big Harvey Weinstein supporter. So with the best intentions, she went on the 2018 Grammys to troll President Trump and support the #metooo movement (wait for it).

As predicted, Twitter exploded. One of my favorite tweets was from Ben “facts don’t care about your feelings” Shapiro. You can follow Ben Shapiro here: @benshapiro

There was one tweet that praised her performance, but it almost looked like he was trolling her. The rest just took shots are Clinton. It is rather odd that a person who has been accused of helping her husband cover up sex scandals was used to honor the #metoo movement. And the hits just keep coming.

The icing on the cake came from Donald Trump Jr.The internet has allowed people to say exactly what they think. I just wonder if politicians are listening.

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Joe Rogan – American War Machine

I’ve been listening to the Joe Rogan Experience since about 2011, if memory serves. There’s something about his thinking that resonates with me.

I found this video over a year ago, and I’ve shared it with a few people. I’d like to share it on this blog now.

What if the American economy is all based on war?

Joe Rogan: The American War Machine

Bonus:
George Carlin: The Owners of the Country