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13-07-2017, 12:00 PM
Snopes Cautions Us All
Snopes as usual makes every attempt to hew to what's real and in this excellent analysis warns us that our biases corrupt us without our realizing it. This article will certainly be used by Trump supporters to further advance their perception of a flawless leader and bash his critics - exactly the behavior the article decries; the more perceptive will recognize that perpetuating falsehood most often only corrodes what it attempts to build up, and that it is least detectable by even disciplined minds when emotions run high.
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13-07-2017, 08:36 PM
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(13-07-2017 12:00 PM)Airportkid Wrote:  Snopes as usual makes every attempt to hew to what's real and in this excellent analysis warns us that our biases corrupt us without our realizing it. This article will certainly be used by Trump supporters to further advance their perception of a flawless leader and bash his critics - exactly the behavior the article decries; the more perceptive will recognize that perpetuating falsehood most often only corrodes what it attempts to build up, and that it is least detectable by even disciplined minds when emotions run high.

Hmm...

I wonder what motivated Mr. MacGuill to write this piece?

Pretty much every widely know political figure in my lifetime -- and certainly every president -- endangered a wide variety of memes by their actions and statements. Some of them turn out to be true, some false, and some a mixture of the two. That Trump hasn't proven immune to this phenomenon comes as no surprise.

Moreover, for every one of the categorically debunked examples MacGuill offers, there are other verifiable events and accounts which, in fact, support the categorical critiques of Trump. So all he's really done is to demonstrate that Trump's real exploits in those areas have been notable enough that some people have used them as springboards for creating similar mythological exploits.

In Trump we have a man who campaigned with a pledge to "drain the swamp in Washington, DC", and then immediately resorted to nepotism, and stacking his administration with former lobbyists.

He's reversed his positions on so many issues, so many times, that one has to wonder if he ever really had any position on some of them: NATO is obselete/not obselete; the administration should / shouldn't be transparent; we shouldn't / should attack Syria; China is / is not a "currency manipulator"; ... and a host of others. This from a man who repeatedly referred to his chief opponent during the election as "lying Hillary".

Add to this a press secretary that defends the President's whims with "alternative facts"; and a Federal ethics chief who resigns from the administration in despair, disgust, or maybe both.

And let's not forget the daily late-night Tweets that make the most powerful man in the world sound like a surly middle-schooler who got dissed on the lunch line.

Leaving out the "fake news" that bothers MacGuill so much, if all this doesn't add up to a buffoon, then it certainly at least paints a picture of ill-informed incompetence; a man who had no idea of what he was getting into, and who, now that he's there, has no idea what to do with it.

As regards bullying, Trump's own words speak to that more eloquently than any outside accusation:

https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTru...8763676673
https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTru...5680289792
https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTru...1321425920
https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTru...1984461824
https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTru...2310776832
https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTru...4456465411

Let's not forget the public macho displays:

http://nypost.com/2017/05/25/a-painful-h...-atlantic/
http://nypost.com/2017/05/25/trump-just-...f-his-way/

To me, the wonder is not the rumor and innuendo that's sprung up around Trump since his election, so much as the fact that it isn't a lot more pervasive, an didn't start a lot earlier, given such a rich source of real material. Like back in 2011, when Trump became the poster child for the "Birther" wing-nuts.

The reality of the man is so mind-numbingly jaw-dropping that nobody needs to make anything up, but it's hardly surprising that they do.

Donald Trump: A legend in his own mind.

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14-07-2017, 09:42 AM
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Making shit up is a human past time. After all, we have the Bible as a classic example.

Though it would be nice if so many people didn't generate so much chaff that it's getting difficult to find the germ.
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14-07-2017, 10:25 AM
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(14-07-2017 09:42 AM)Fireball Wrote:  Making shit up is a human past time. After all, we have the Bible as a classic example.

Though it would be nice if so many people didn't generate so much chaff that it's getting difficult to find the germ.

"Bullshit is as bullshit does." DeForrest Gump.
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31-07-2017, 02:56 PM
Snopes Cautions Us All
Maybe so. But Trump is still a dipshit.


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