Donald Trump | Charlie Rose

Donald Trump Interview Friday 11/06/1992 by Charlie Rose (Charlie Rose)
Rebroadcast — Monday 02/20/2017
Donald Trump talks about his recent "comeback" after flirting with bankruptcy, his support of Mike Tyson after his imprisonment for rape, his divorce from Ivana Trump, and the rumors that he would run for president.

It’s amazing watching this interview from over 23 years ago. Charlie Rose takes it possibly too easy on Trump because of his entertainer status. There’s a lot of hemming and hawing on Trump’s side and he still shows these same verbal tics as he dodges questions in a somewhat charming manner. There’s no adherence to facts, yet everything is “just great”, “the best”, “this”, “that”, and so on.

It’s amazing to see some of the things Rose brings up then are still issues now. Questions about his manner and vanity still linger all these years later. The difference is that he at least acknowledged them to some extent back then.

📺 Face the Nation 2/19/17: Priebus, Graham, Nunes

Face the Nation 2/19/17: Priebus, Graham, Nunes by John Dickerson (cbsnews.com)
After a contentious week for the White House, "Face the Nation" breaks down the problems the Trump administration has faced in its first month. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, and others join the show.

Reince Priebus is far preferable as a White House spokesperson to either Conway or Miller, but he still doesn’t have the ability to listen and push a particular agenda. While I get the message that they’ve done a lot of work, they still need to deal with the political realities of potential scandals in a more even-handed manner. All of the other Republican appearances on today’s show were far more sober about the realities of what seems to be going on. In my mind, the only reason not to admit there’s a problem is that you have no plan for dealing with it or moving forward. It’s the administration’s appearance that they don’t seem to have any kind of overall plan that concerns me most.

It seems like the administration had the 10 word answers down pat during the campaign, but that’s all they had and sadly they don’t seem to have the paragraphs or even the books worth of information and plans to follow up on any of their ideas.

Again, I’ll note that I think it’s a continuing mistake for the Sunday morning shows to allow administration spokespeople to appear remotely via camera than to appear in person.

The best part of the episode, to me, was the re-appearance of Michael Morell, who I don’t think I’ve seen on television since before the inauguration. His depth of knowledge and analysis, even now that he’s on the journalistic side of the game, is just always superb. I don’t think anyone else in the game has the ability to lay out facts in a simple and straightforward manner without a pointed agenda. I’ll note that he even had an aside in the conversation here underlining the agenda portion.

I really like the sober voices of Bob Woodward and Jeffrey Goldberg at the end. It would be nice to see more of them in shows like these.

On a technical production note, I will mention that Face the Nation seems to have a set problem with John at the head of the table and guests on one side. The camera angles (particularly with just two guests on the same side of the table) seem to diminish the roll of the guest seated furthest from John. This doesn’t seem to be a problem with 4 or more guests, but is highlighted when there are only two. Perhaps the production could take a page from Charlie Rose’s blocking around his table with multiple guests? There was also a small chyron issue that leaked into Graham’s segment which identified him incorrectly as Nunes.

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Trump’s F-35 Calls Came With a Surprise: Rival CEO Was Listening – Bloomberg

Trump's F-35 Calls Came With a Surprise: Rival CEO Was Listening by Anthony Capaccio (Bloomberg.com)
Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump made two surprise calls to the Air Force general managing the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jet.

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📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: February 16, 2017

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: February 16, 2017 by Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
President Trump holds a turbulent press conference, Jordan Klepper talks to New Jersey residents living on Dick Street, and Ezra Edelman discusses "O.J.: Made in America."

The opening five minutes was about as compact as you could make the craziness of today’s press conference. Holy Crap!

📺 PBS NewsHour full episode Feb. 16, 2017

PBS NewsHour full episode Feb. 16, 2017 (PBS NewsHour)
Thursday on the NewsHour, President Trump takes on charges of Russian connections, the news media and a new immigration order in an animated and wide-ranging news conference. Also: What’s causing more white Americans to die in middle age, sanctuary cities take a stand against the president's immigration policies and an English professor's take on her own life as an immigrant.

Most media accounts took today’s pressy to serious task. The coverage here took as measured take on the event as could be humanly imagined–I can’t imagine how they maintained straight faces based on the portions of the press conference they showed here or other places.

How the ‘Alt-Right’ Came to Dominate the Comments on Trump’s Facebook Page | The Atlantic

How the 'Alt-Right' Came to Dominate the Comments on Trump's Facebook Page by Jonathon Morgan (The Atlantic)
Over the course of the campaign, the comments left on the president’s official Facebook page increasingly employed the rhetoric of white nationalism.

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A Short History of ‘America First’ | The Atlantic

A Short History of 'America First' by Krishnadev Calamur (The Atlantic)
The phrase used by President Trump has been linked to anti-Semitism during World War II.

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Trump’s Press Secretary Falsely Claims: ‘Largest Audience Ever to Witness an Inauguration, Period’ | The Atlantic

Trump's Press Secretary Falsely Claims: 'Largest Audience Ever to Witness an Inauguration, Period' by Matt Ford (The Atlantic)
In his first official White House briefing, Sean Spicer blasted journalists for “deliberately false reporting,” and made categorical claims about crowd-size at odds with the available evidence.

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Here’s What Trump’s Latest Executive Orders Do | The Atlantic

Here's What Trump's Latest Executive Orders Do by Matt Ford (The Atlantic)
With a pen stroke, President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, imposed a federal hiring freeze, and reinstated the “Mexico City policy” on defunding international abortion-related services.

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The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet

The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet by David A. Graham (The Atlantic)
One of the women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct has sued him for defamation after he labeled her claims false.

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📺 Divided States of America, Part 2 | Frontline

Divided States of America, Part 2 (FRONTLINE | PBS, aired January 18, 2017)
FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship of the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president.

The second part of this wasn’t as fraught as the first half, but both are simply scintillating and well worth watching.

📺 Divided States of America, Part 1 | Frontline

Divided States of America, Part 1 (FRONTLINE | PBS, aired January 17, 2017)
FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship of the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president.

Ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration, "Divided States of America" looks back at events during President Barack Obama's years in office that revealed deep divisions in our country. The documentary offers an in-depth view of the partisan gridlock in Washington, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle, and the racial tensions that erupted throughout the country.

What a stunning overview of the last eight years of partisan politics. In particular I had forgotten about a lot of the rancor and racism stemming from the far right when Obama took office. This two part documentary does a terrific job of reminding us where we’ve all been and puts a lot of our current situation into perspective. The first part here was particularly brutal in its coverage. It seems almost too balanced to the point that the subtext of the documentary is that politicians need to find a better way to get along to do more good for their constituents.

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This Senator Is Hell-Bent on Getting Out the Truth About Trump and Russia | Mother Jones

This senator is hell-bent on getting out the truth about Trump and Russia by David Corn (Mother Jones)
Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden says the Obama administration should have released more information before the election.

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State Dept. Dissent Cable on Trump’s Ban Draws 1,000 Signatures | The New York Times

State Dept. Dissent Cable on Trump’s Ban Draws 1,000 Signatures by Jeffrey Gettleman (nytimes.com)(Duration: P1DT17H1M48S)
The cable, asserting that the president’s order on immigration will not make the nation safer, has wended through dozens of embassies and is still spreading.

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