Usually when we review a candidate, and by usually, we mean always, one goes through the facts: What have they done? Why did they do it? Where did they do it? Who did they do it to? and How good of job did they do doing it? When you're dealing with a fact-based campaign, that stuff is easy. But when your candidate is a moving target, trying to pin them down to the truth might be a little challenging.
To start with, you can always look at someone's resume. Then you can contact any references, previous employers or employees. You can find out how well they work with others, what their dreams have been, and how well they executed them. You might take a look at their tax returns, and financial history. When it comes to government, which, at least theoretically is supposed to protect and serve, we say you also have to figure in the compassion quotient. A full grasp of history and its lessons is also a must, as well as the ability to compromise, make friends, and influence others. Basically, you want a statesman.
In the election cycle of 2016, the search for facts has been mostly replaced with the constant necessity for fact-checking, effectively turning the cottage industry of fact-checkers into absolutely must-have on-air guests booked by news outlets on the daily. If Trump gets his way, there would be as few fact-checkers out there as possible. Journalists who ask questions make it extra difficult for the candidate to continue with his ego-based brand of fooling some of the people all of the time, and well, he's had enough! Trump's finally decided to take over the airwaves and fully control whatever free press we have left. The man just hired Roger Ailes, the beleaguered sexual predator and former head of FOX News, singly credited for turning the phrase "Fair and Balanced" into complete BS. In just the last few days alone, Trump's also brought on the head of Breitbart. These are the people Trump wants to put in charge of running our country...in actual positions of power moving forward. As NBC News puts it, "Meet Trump's New Bosses."
Steve Bannon of Brietbart is famous for such headlines as, "There's No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews" and "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy." They don't stop at women bashing either. Oh no. They are the equal opportunity bigots of the headline world.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center and their tracking of hate sites:
Since its founding in 2007, Breitbart News Network has grown to become one of the most popular news outlets on the right. Over the past year however, the outlet has undergone a noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the“Alt-Right.”
Never heard of the alt-right alt universe yet? You're not alone. The Alt-Right is a term used to try to describe a loose set of far-right ideologies at the core of which is a belief that “white identity” is under attack through immigration policies. This sector of Americans believe that the United States has prioritized multiculturalism long enough (!) and that political correctness and social justice are jokes to tell at cocktail parties. They think civility is outdated, and that their culture must be preserved, usually through white-identified online communities and physical ethno-hate groups. They push the idea that global warming is a hoax, hate all muslims and barely contain themselves from using the words "nigger" or "kyke" in public.
TRUMP'S PEOPLE SAY, "BUCKLE UP"
CNN ASKS WAH?
Here's one of Donald's talking heads, doing her absolute best to spin the crazy - really trying hard to justify Bannon's addition to the team and his history of non-fact based news stories. In other words, the dude makes up a bunch of shit, and he spreads it out over the internet tubey thingees, and she's all for it.
HIS SHAKE-UP BRINGS THE BOYS TO THE YARD. EXCEPT JEWS. THEY GO TO THE OVENS.
BOB COSTA ON THE MARINATION OF TRUMPISM BY BANNON'S ALT-RIGHT
What seems sure now is that Trump, who has long wallowed in the lowest form of conspiracy theory spreading, has given nutty a home. The question is, will Roger Ailes and Steve Bannon get some long desired sleepover time in the Lincoln bedroom too? According to the Pew Research Center, in 2014, only 3% of America's new audiences got their data from Breitbart. Last month it was read by 9% of America's general news audience, with 18 million in visitor traffic. With the Trump brand pushing this type of ideological spectrum into the mainstream, will wacky replace real....forever?
This year The Donald J. Trump celebrated his 70th Anniversary here on earth. Let's see, what's the appropriate gift for a 70th Anniversary? We know a 5th Anniversary gift is supposed to be wood, but Trump assures us he gets plenty of wood. Google says a 20th Anniversarian gets China, but we know Trump doesn't like China. A traditional 50th Anniversary present would be something made out of gold. But then, that's not the right year. Trump is 70 years old now, not 50. Ah, there it is. A most appropriate gift for a 70th Anniversary would be Platinum, if you're old school, or Iron for a more modern gesture.
Well, in honor of the old guy's big 7-0, we've invented a game called: "Drink & Drumpf" Here's how it works. You make a list of some of Trump's more incendiary statements. Then you fact check the fact checkers and each time he's telling the truth, the sound bite gets a "Platinum" rating. If, on the other hand, Trump made up the fact wholesale, borrowed it from a Neo-Nazi on Twitter, or read it on Breitbart, you give the comment an "Iron" rating. Ready to play? Here's your Rules & Directions (Click to play)