Of course they are - look how they swallowed Ogbjma's claim he would "fundamentally transform America" jihad, which he has, and now Trump's bombast every time he makes a stop somewhere to further proclaim his independence from the Washington elite.
This Trump nonsense is just like the Ogbjma agenda, ideology to bring America to her knees for past and present crimes against the world and humanity in general. Ogbjma has been allowed to this by both political parties, and now the same thing is happening with the insurgence of the Trump phenomena.
That the Republican party needs reform is spot on, but to believe Trump will the hero that flys around fixing our problems is foolish and wishful. Mr Trump is just playing his part in a new TV series played on the biggest stage in the world, the Office of the President of the United States.
You have to know, this is just all about the ''Deal'' and nothing more. A new television show that will be the final stage of his claim to being the biggest dealmaker ever. Except this time the deal will be for all the marbles, one in which he cannot lose.
If there is a down side to this it's the media, the gullibility, ignorance, of the general public and how it will attack Trump like they attacked McCain after he was nominated. Remember how the media called McCain a ''Maverick'' when he was campaigning, and then once nominated he was the enemy.
Ben Sasse: Are Americans OK With White House Propaganda?
Sen. Ben Sasse / @SenSasse /
The New York Times Magazine recently profiled President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, in an article titled “The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru.” In it Rhodes openly brags about how the administration manipulated the media in the run-up to Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. I want to explain very briefly why I believe this piece is so important.
We live in a time of precipitous change—both in American government and in communications. We don’t admit it enough in the Senate, but the Congress in the last decade-plus is extraordinarily weak by historical standards. At the same time, media is rapidly fragmenting. Vacuums are being filled by the executive branch in ways that are badly damaging both the separation of powers and the idea of a meaningfully engaged citizenry. There can be little doubt that our founders would be troubled by what is occurring.
Washington is the process of replacing self-evident truths with self-serving spin. This is dangerous.
For no one is entitled to his or her own facts—yet this New York Times story makes clear that the executive branch feels empowered to proclaim its own narratives. This is bigger than Republicans and Democrats. This is about the legislature’s check on the executive.
To my Democratic colleagues who supported this deal, I would ask: Does it at all trouble you that the White House displayed this contempt for you? And for your voters, and for my voters? Will you stand for this kind of fundamentally dishonest spin from a future Republican administration? Because I won’t—from any administration of either party.
Some will say this is just the story of one staffer who wanted to brag, who boasted about how the world could be his canvas. But we should be clear that it is elected officials that ultimately bear the responsibility for the ongoing evaporation of public trust in our time. I want to underscore: This isn’t about whether you share Obama’s view that the Iranian nuclear deal was a prudent move, or my view that it is a disaster. Instead, this story is about whether or not we take truth seriously—whether or not we care about the public trust.
There is a widespread view around here that Congress’ chief job is “to pass legislation.” That is incorrect. Our main job—indeed the oath that we took—is to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution—which is about limited government and about the separation of powers. Our job is to ensure that the nation is well-governed, and that the public can have confidence that it is well-governed. This necessarily means that oversight is at least as important as passing or repealing legislation.
This story of the White House’s media manipulation is horrific and should be should be a screaming siren to us.
Newsrooms are still struggling with how to do independent and vigorous reporting in the digital age. But it will remain true that freedom—that ordered liberty—will remain dependent on an informed citizenry, and that requires a serious and free press. Good journalism, serious journalism—that takes actual facts seriously, and grapples with them honestly—is an important calling.
Truth is bigger than talking points and self-government deserves more than spin. Does the president think there is such a thing as domestic propaganda?
Does he think it is OK? Do we?
This op-ed has been adapted from Sen. Ben Sasse’s floor speech on May 9, 2016.