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Trump Hits Back At WSJ On Daily Briefings: What About Those TV Ratings, Baby?

Gonna quote myself from this earlier post, which was published an hour or two before he sent the tweet below: “Given a choice between higher job approval/higher odds of reelection and getting to perform before a big crowd, he’ll take the crowd every time.”
I blame this on the Times, which stupidly posted 
a story two weeks ago about the daily briefings being a “ratings hit.” The audiences for some reportedly rival the typical audience for “Monday Night Football.” I haven’t seen data that confirms this but I bet you can trace the ever-growing duration of Trump’s speaking time at the briefings to around the date that article appeared.

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Donald J. Trump
 

The Wall Street Journal always “forgets” to mention that the ratings for the White House Press Briefings are “through the roof” (Monday Night Football, Bachelor Finale, according to @nytimes) & is only way for me to escape the Fake News & get my views across. WSJ is Fake News!

The TV audience for updates on a deadly pandemic isn’t the same audience that would show up for a Trump rally just to listen to him riff. The Journal fears that he’s doing damage to himself with persuadable voters by reminding them that he can’t act “presidential” for an hour when the cameras are on even when there are 15,000 people dead and 16 million unemployed.

Brit Hume’s not a MAGA true believer but he’s generally sympathetic to Trump and the GOP. Not this time.

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This is a ridiculous tweet. He could get his views across without bragging, endlessly repeating himself, and getting into petty squabbles with the junior varsity players in the WH press corps. And he could stop talking much sooner to give Pence, Fauci, Birx and Giroir more time

Why would he hand off a “Monday Night Football”-sized audience to Fauci and Birx? This isn’t the Fauci & Birx show, or even the coronavirus show. It’s the Trump show. He’s the main character.

Now, if he wanted to argue that people like me are being silly for blaming his small slide in job approval lately on the briefings, he’d be on firmer ground. There are more obvious explanations:

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https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/04/09/trump-hits-back-wsj-daily-briefings-tv-ratings-baby/

 

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I’m starting to like Tucker Carlson.

I have always thought he was just another talking points reader.

Our leaders had two examples to choose from as this pandemic bore down on our country," Tucker said. "They could have chosen the Swedish model of targeted restrictions coupled with voluntary distancing, or they could have chosen the Chinese model: Total lockdowns, internal travel restrictions, punishment for those who step out of line.

"Our leaders chose the Chinese model," Carlson went on. "With every passing day, the response becomes more restrictive.  Requests that people stay indoors have become orders that people stay indoors. People are being fined and arrested for driving alone, for playing catch in the park, for paddleboarding on the ocean. How are measures like that keeping us safe? The short answer is we have no idea that they are keeping us safe."

"For what has to be the first time in the history of this country, Easter services have been banned in many places, "Carlson said. "Authorities will allow citizens to go to the supermarket, but not to practice Christianity in public. The Chinese population would recognize that, too."

Carlson blasted some state leaders for punishing citizens who who don't adhere to the restrictions, including bans on shopping in certain sections of supermarkets.

"These are mindless and destructive measures," he concluded. "Instead of arresting people for going to church, maybe they could pause for a minute, dove into the science and answer a few of the most basic questions first."

https://www.foxnews.com/media/tucker-carlson-coronavirus-mindless-and-destructive-measures

At least  he dropped the bow tie, but he may catch hell from the Trumpers

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that his country will cut its crude oil output by 100,000 barrels per day, joining OPEC and other producers in efforts to stabilize the market.

Lopez Obrador, speaking at his daily press briefing, said President Trump “generously” offered for the U.S. to reduce output by an additional 250,000 barrels a day, according to The Wall Street Journal.

OPEC was hoping Mexico would lower its output by 400,000 barrels a day, and the country's initial delay in joining the pact had jeopardized the arrangement.

"The United States will help Mexico along and they'll reimburse us some time at a later date when they're pepared to do so," Trump said at a press conference on Friday.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/mexico-ends-oil-standoff-with-opec
 

why is it when they cut production, it’s to “stabilize the market”. But when they increase production it’s “in response to rising demand”

 

 

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10 hours ago, Dric902 said:

Republicans Nudge Trump: Maybe Dial It Back At These Daily Briefings

 

As unemployment soars and the death toll skyrockets, and new polls show support for the president’s handling of the crisis sagging, White House allies and Republican lawmakers increasingly believe the briefings are hurting the president more than helping him. Many view the sessions as a kind of original sin from which all of his missteps flow, once he gets through his prepared script and turns to his preferred style of extemporaneous bluster and invective…

In interviews, Republican lawmakers, administration officials and members of his re-election campaign said they wanted Mr. Trump to limit his error-filled appearances at the West Wing briefings and move more aggressively to prepare for the looming recession…

One of Mr. Trump’s top political advisers, speaking on the condition of anonymity so as not to anger the president, was even blunter, arguing that the White House was handing Mr. Biden ammunition each night by sending the president out to the cameras

And it’s not just an overwhelming majority of voters who believe the medical experts should be center stage: Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, personally urged Mr. Trump at the start of the crisis to let Drs. Fauci and Birx be the face of the response, according to a Republican official familiar with their conversation.

Counterpoint: “Mr. Trump has told aides he relishes the free television time and boffo ratings that come with his appearances, administration officials say,” per the NYT. Not just aides!
 

The reason the briefings are a ratings hit, said the WSJ in a new editorial today, is because they involve a subject that’s life and death for 330 million Americans, “not because people enjoy Donald Trump sparring with the White House press corps like a Packers-Bears game.” You’ll never, ever convince him of that, so why bother trying? Some aides, in fact, don’t bother. The Times claims they’ve nudged him about not jabbing at governors so much during the briefings, especially governors in swing states like Gretchen Whitmer who are getting good marks from voters locally, but “they acknowledge their efforts can be something of a fool’s errand; the president has his style and he won’t change, they say.” A politician who cared more about reelection than in airing personal grievances would steer clear of squabbling with a popular leader in Michigan. 

https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/04/10/republicans-nudge-trump-maybe-dial-back-daily-briefings/
 

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I'd prefer the President leave the briefings to Mr. Pence and his docs, and the President deal with more Presidential duties.

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The dedicated Soldiers who stand round-the-clock guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery are still on their assigned post.

The U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment, best known as The Old Guard, has several specialty platoons and units including the Army Drill Team, Caisson Platoon, Continental Color Guard, and Presidential Salute Battery. However, the Regiment, which is the active-duty infantry unit in the Army, is perhaps best known for the Sentinels of the Tomb Guard, who continue in a mission that began over 80 years ago.

“For us, it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is,” said Capt. Harold Earls, Commander of the Guard. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas morning, if it’s a hot day, a cold day, if it’s thunderstorms, if it’s raining, if it’s a hurricane or if it’s a coronavirus, we’re always here, we are always guarding.”

Earl said that the unit is taking extra precautions to comply with guidelines pushed out by the CDC and Pentagon, but the mission will go on.

“I think it’s important for us to show to this country that we haven’t forgotten, that we will never forget the sacrifices that these Soldiers made, that the Missing In Action, the Unknowns made,” said Earls.

https://www.guns.com/news/2020/04/10/tomb-sentinels-of-the-old-guard-continue-mission-despite-covid-19

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Any chance our resident train driver can explain why the trains that come through my rather rural Texas town around 4 PM on a weekday afternoon blast their horn once or twice at each of our two railroad crossings, but when they come through at 4 AM on a Sunday morning they blast ten or twelve times at each crossing?  Is this behavior taught at railroad school, or is it an acquired action after a few years on the job?

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President Donald John Trump, you will forever be remembered in history books mostly for the way you handled the current virus crisis. Right or wrong, step up to the plate, I hope you hit a home run.

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14 hours ago, Dric902 said:

Republicans Nudge Trump: Maybe Dial It Back At These Daily Briefings

 

As unemployment soars and the death toll skyrockets, and new polls show support for the president’s handling of the crisis sagging, White House allies and Republican lawmakers increasingly believe the briefings are hurting the president more than helping him. Many view the sessions as a kind of original sin from which all of his missteps flow, once he gets through his prepared script and turns to his preferred style of extemporaneous bluster and invective…

In interviews, Republican lawmakers, administration officials and members of his re-election campaign said they wanted Mr. Trump to limit his error-filled appearances at the West Wing briefings and move more aggressively to prepare for the looming recession…

One of Mr. Trump’s top political advisers, speaking on the condition of anonymity so as not to anger the president, was even blunter, arguing that the White House was handing Mr. Biden ammunition each night by sending the president out to the cameras

And it’s not just an overwhelming majority of voters who believe the medical experts should be center stage: Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, personally urged Mr. Trump at the start of the crisis to let Drs. Fauci and Birx be the face of the response, according to a Republican official familiar with their conversation.

Counterpoint: “Mr. Trump has told aides he relishes the free television time and boffo ratings that come with his appearances, administration officials say,” per the NYT. Not just aides!
 

The reason the briefings are a ratings hit, said the WSJ in a new editorial today, is because they involve a subject that’s life and death for 330 million Americans, “not because people enjoy Donald Trump sparring with the White House press corps like a Packers-Bears game.” You’ll never, ever convince him of that, so why bother trying? Some aides, in fact, don’t bother. The Times claims they’ve nudged him about not jabbing at governors so much during the briefings, especially governors in swing states like Gretchen Whitmer who are getting good marks from voters locally, but “they acknowledge their efforts can be something of a fool’s errand; the president has his style and he won’t change, they say.” A politician who cared more about reelection than in airing personal grievances would steer clear of squabbling with a popular leader in Michigan. 

https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/04/10/republicans-nudge-trump-maybe-dial-back-daily-briefings/
 

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Criticism from the party that couldn't win two elections in a row!  What value does that have! Why do they believe that what they say has any credibility when they criticize the person that won the Presidency IN SPITE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY POLITICIANS.

Criticism from people with experience and success counts more than from proven losers.

Trump says what the people want to hear, What he says isn't what the politicians want to hear, because it's not about them, but about US!

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4 hours ago, theglock said:

Any chance our resident train driver can explain why the trains that come through my rather rural Texas town around 4 PM on a weekday afternoon blast their horn once or twice at each of our two railroad crossings, but when they come through at 4 AM on a Sunday morning they blast ten or twelve times at each crossing?  Is this behavior taught at railroad school, or is it an acquired action after a few years on the job?

He'll probably miss your post as he's too busy posting article after article.... like we all can't fcukin read.  I think he secretly wants to be a "journalist" like jimmy acosta.:D:D

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