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But Now That They Have Poland They’ll Back Off

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CNN did everything it could do to Both Sides Do It its election coverage. It employed some of the most ridiculous pro-Trump hacks in the known universe, up to and including his former campaign manager. It was an EMAILS! factory for most of the campaign, and in particular humped the Comey letter with a relentless fervor Dean Baquet himself probably found a little excessive. Its reward?

The White House has stopped sending officials to appear on CNN, a network that President Donald Trump has repeatedly bashed as “fake news,” Politico reported Tuesday evening.

“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” an unnamed White House official told Politico.

Politico noted that the last time a representative for Trump appeared on a CNN show was Jan. 8, before the inauguration.

Don’t worry, keep up the fake balance and he’s bound to mature and start treating you right.

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  • ThresherK (KadeKo)

    Spousal ThresherK is an LCSW with decades of experience.

    She has spent some of her career counseling women that apologizing to wife-beaters doesn’t stop the beating.

  • Ahenobarbus

    Hopefully this will inspire CNN to be more spirited in their criticisms of Trump (at a time while MSNBC seems to be headed in the other direction).

  • efgoldman

    Who knows? This may give CNN incentive to try to commit real journamalism, if they have any institutional memory of how to do it.

    Naah.

    • tsam

      They’ve made gestures toward redeeming themselves since Trump attacked them, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything substantive improvement.

      • efgoldman

        I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything substantive improvement.

        But blue is my favorite color!

    • JL

      Yeah, I was thinking that I was going to be annoyed if Trump’s hating on CNN forced me to have sympathy for them.

    • wengler

      That means they’d have to have real journalists, not just newsreaders describing tweets.

  • AstroBio

    I’m going to have to check out for a while. I usually read every post here but lately just a scan of the titles makes me need to drink heavily in the middle of the day.

  • Jean-Michel

    Note that this boycott ended within literally a few hours of the report.

    • Aaron Morrow

      CNN leadership would have sold out faster, but they didn’t know who to grovel towards first.

    • catclub

      President Donald Trump’s White House ended its freeze-out of CNN Wednesday. Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, appeared during the 4 p.m. ET hour on “The Lead With Jake Tapper.” Gorka appeared to speak with Tapper about administration policy toward Iran.

      Gorka sounded like a complete loon, but that is probably not news to anyone who has heard him before.

      • so-in-so

        Nor to anyone who saw he was part of the current administration.

  • lizzie

    What is the deal with that chyron–did Trump say something about the Fourteenth Amendment? Christ I can’t keep up. And if they think they are going after birthright citizenship I am going to have a stroke. It is one of the greatest things about this country and why do they hate America so much those fucking bastards.

    • Hogan
      • lizzie

        Thanks for the link. I guess that’ll be week three or maybe four, then.

    • catclub

      And if they think they are going after birthright citizenship I am going to have a stroke.

      Well, get you blood thinner prescription, quick.

      Success going after it? Not as likely. Constitutional amendments are hard.

      • so-in-so

        Assuming they don’t just declare it so, and then defy the courts to find sufficient force to overturn it.

        You know, like at Dulles and LAX?

        • Just_Dropping_By

          Assuming they don’t just declare it so, and then defy the courts to find sufficient force to overturn it.

          You know, like at Dulles and LAX?

          Since you don’t file any sort of federal paperwork to become an American citizen by birth in the United States, I’d be curious as to how such a declaration would work without literally causing all native-born American citizens to instantaneously lose their citizenship (and thereby ironically, from the nativist viewpoint, leaving only people who went through the naturalization process as citizens).

          • q-tip

            I’m sure CPB front-liners are capable of thoroughly investigating the parentage of all the brown-skinned/funny-named people with US passports who attempt to re-enter the country – and it seems increasingly likely that they’d be willing to do so, even absent an amendment or legislation.

            It may be a minor inconvenience for some of the good ones, but small price to pay for freedom from terrorism, right?

            (Yes, this sounds crazy – yes, I hope I’m wrong. But the treatment of visa holders and green card holders last weekend does not inspire my confidence in this administration’s commitment to the law, nor the willingness of exec branch employees to refuse illegal orders.)

            • drpuck

              Wasn’t Hair Duce born in Jamaica?

              Has anyone seen the paperwork?

              If so, could it have been ‘shopped?

      • lizzie

        Speaking of the difficulty of amending the constitution, I have recently come across several people who think that it can be done by majority vote in Congress—or, at most, a supermajority vote. I was shocked.

        • efgoldman

          I was shocked

          Why? You certainly ought to know better by now.
          Hell, even before the last few decades of purposeful ignorant stupidity, most ‘Murricans didn’t know enough to pass a middle school civics test.

          • lizzie

            You’re right. I should clarify, though–the first time this came up it was a friend of mine who is a pretty smart guy and pays a lot of attention to politics. He at least thought it took a supermajority.

            Also, I mean, I know I shouldn’t be shocked, but really—if you could amend the constitution by majority vote in congress, wtf that’s less than what it takes to pass an ordinary law (which at least has to be signed by the president) so how do they not think that it would happen all the time and we would’ve gotten rid of, say, Roe v. Wade years ago. I know, I know, I should know better than to expect critical thinking skills.

          • q-tip

            most ‘Murricans didn’t know enough to pass a middle school civics test.

            Which may not be as bad as it sounds – I’m not sure most could solve a basic algebra equation either, or summarize the phases of the water cycle …
            But when we think we know about things we know nothing about – or trust people who either know nothing or, worse, mislead us – that’s when shit gets really dicey, right?

      • Yankee

        Constitutional amendments are hard.

        So we might as well go for a Constitutional Convention. Really yuge! I know a nice place down south on the beach where we could have it. Double up on the 2020 nominating convention, maybe.

        • Davis X. Machina

          You’re presently one state legislature away.

  • ΧΤΠΔ

    I liked CNN a lot better when Khadafi was a regular correspondent.

  • kped

    They signed Rick Santorum as an on air voice, so things are looking up!

  • dogboy

    CNN won’t let politics stand in the way of hiring quality. There can only be one worst economist in the world right?

  • MacK

    There is a very simple way to deal with this – first can the Trump surrogates employed by CNN. Then keep breaking accurate but painful stories against the Trump administration – and don’t bother to invite any Trump spokesperson.

    Wash and repeat, and before long they’ll be clamouring to appear. Throw in a few savagings of Bannon, Conway, etc. Keep doing it. Then say you’ll accept a suitable piñata (naming them) – I mean if Fox can always put on a weak-kneed pretend Democrat – well…..

    Of course I think they don’t have the nerve to face down Trump and co – but if they do, they’ll win. They buy the electrons by the mWh

    • ΧΤΠΔ

      Jeff Zucker gave Neon Nguema his greater portion of fame by greenlighting The Apprentice, and under his reign CNN has slid further into the recesses of derp oblivion.

      So no, until the bullet-headed troll is fired into the sun CNN will still suck shit-smeared Satan sandwiches.

      • efgoldman

        Ted Turner would be spinning in his grave, if he weren’t still alive.

        • BiloSagdiyev

          Well, okay then. Ted Turner is spinning on his ranch.

    • Aussie

      Rather than not inviting a Trump spokesmen, invite them and their opposite. If the Trump spokesman doesn’t turn up, leave an empty chair.

  • sciascia14

    And after all that free advertising!

  • Dalai Rasta

    OT, but I’d really like to see Jeffrey Combs step up behind Jeffrey Lord and jab him in the neck with a hypo full of antifreeze.

  • cpinva

    would someone with access please punch this clown in the face? consider it an act for the benefit of the public welfare. with Lord on the loose, no one’s brain cells are safe from being turned to stupid.

  • Nathan Goldwag

    Look, you can’t write headlines like that anymore. When I saw this come up on my phone my first thought was that we’d just sold Poland to Putin. Don’t scare me like that!

  • e.a.foster

    some one ought to have learnt their history but all they seem to learn in American schools is American history as Americans see it.
    So they got Poland and kept going. if in doubt ask those who lived in countries which they invaded after Poland. With Trump, what did CNN expect. They might want to revisit how they do the news and have a look at PBS or C.B.C. or BBC or something. Trump is going to keep it up. He is bully and if he can push CNN into a corner or get them to do as he and Bannon wishes they are on their way to being the new First Reich. For all the madness that is Trump and Bannon and gang, they are clever.

    MacK’s suggestion ought to work nicely and just think how much the news would improve.

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