Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Andrew Sullivan: [A]ll the traditional political fibbers nonetheless paid some deference to the truth -- even as they were dodging it. They acknowledged a shared reality and bowed to it. They acknowledged the need for a common set of facts in order for a liberal democracy to function at all. [Donald] Trump's lies are different. They are direct refutations of reality -- and their propagation and repetition is about enforcing his power rather than wriggling out of a political conundrum. They are attacks on the very possibility of a reasoned discourse, the kind of bald-faced lies that authoritarians issue as a way to test loyalty and force their subjects into submission.

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With someone like this barging into your consciousness every hour of every day, you begin to get a glimpse of what it must be like to live in an autocracy of some kind. Every day in countries unfortunate enough to be ruled by a lone dictator, people are constantly subjected to the Supreme Leader's presence, in their homes, in their workplaces, as they walk down the street. Big Brother never leaves you alone. His face bears down on you on every flickering screen. He begins to permeate your psyche and soul; he dominates every news cycle and issues pronouncements -- each one shocking and destabilizing -- round the clock. He delights in constantly provoking and surprising you, so that his monstrous ego can be perennially fed. And because he is also mentally unstable, forever lashing out in manic spasms of pain and anger, you live each day with some measure of trepidation. What will he come out with next? Somehow, he is never in control of himself and yet he is always in control of you.

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What I've seen from Donald live on TV can only be described as madness.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-02-16 02:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Live on TV today, just today. What a frightening man.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-02-16 02:05 PM | Reply

Literally just listened to his press conference. He honest to god started out talking about how he has accomplished more in four weeks than any other president in history.

Good job, stupid Republicans.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-02-16 02:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I wish I could have saw it.

I heard he told them he had the biggest electoral landslide in history and then later was asked by a reporter how anyone can believe him if he will lie about something so easily debunked.

Can anyone confirm this exchange?

#4 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-02-16 03:00 PM | Reply

He literally said the leaks are real, but the news about the leaks is fake.

If the leaks aren't leaking real stories, then they're not real leaks. They're only leaks if real secret truths are leaking out. If I tell a reporter my boss is a smurf, that's not a leak, it's just a nonsense lie. If my boss is working with putin and I leak that to a reporter, THATS A LEAK.

Then this moron stands up there and says the leaks are real, but the news about them is fake news.

His definition of "fake news" is clearly news he doesn't want you to hear, or news he WISHES was fake.

Support for trump has become an effective IQ test. Only the dumbest americans still support this con man or believe a word he says.

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-02-16 03:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

#4 seen not saw GN

#6 | Posted by suzycreamcheese at 2017-02-16 03:43 PM | Reply

--What a frightening man.

I wouldn't call Sullivan frightening, just a world-class hypocrite. He admitted his own severe depression and retired for a few years. Now he's back, impersonating a psychiatrist and engaging in smears.

Hard to know what his political agenda is, but he was a supporter of the Iraq war, so is probably carrying water for the nevertrump neocons.

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-02-16 03:54 PM | Reply

#7 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

And yet he is dead on about Trump.

#8 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-02-16 04:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

"He admitted his own severe depression"

Relevance?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-02-16 04:04 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood

Peter Alexander from NBC (HuffPo)

For Twitler's minions the facst: Independent UK

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-02-16 04:33 PM | Reply

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#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

There is a mental defect in conservatives that makes them susceptible to falling for fake news. It's pretty well documented.

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-02-16 04:34 PM | Reply

I heard he told them he had the biggest electoral landslide in history and then later was asked by a reporter how anyone can believe him if he will lie about something so easily debunked.
Can anyone confirm this exchange?
#4 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood

Try this link:www.politico.com

#12 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-02-16 05:22 PM | Reply

There is a mental defect in conservatives that makes them susceptible to falling for fake news. It's pretty well documented.

#11 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT 2017-02-16 04:34 PM | REPLY | FLAG:PPFFTTTT

Its the same genome that causes them admire stupid ... Bush 2, venerate the power hungry... Nixon and venerate the brain dead... Reagan. The only thing that may keep Trump from beating Reagan's record for corrupt cabinet is he won't be in office long enough.

Good luck with that wall thingie...

#13 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2017-02-16 06:52 PM | Reply

SILENCE

Mostly he just accuses the press of the things he's most guilty himself. I think that's called "projection."

Eventually Trump's mental midgetry will tip the scales against him in the House and Senate ~ as soon as they figure out their jobs are at risk in the mid terms. They're got the long term memory of the public figured out right down to the exact week.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-02-16 07:12 PM | Reply

Meh, we don't have kings. We have presidents, and they come and go. No shortage of shrill journalists though.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-02-17 07:46 AM | Reply

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