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Senior Fellow at @mmfa. Views expressed here are my own. Husband of @alyssarosenberg. Dad. Definitely not the GOP congressman.
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Oct 8, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
1. The New York Times investigation into Donald Trump's finances wasn't just a skillful demolition of Trump's origin story. It was an explicit rebuke to generations of journalists who bolstered Trump’s tale.… 2. "Essential to that mythmaking has been keeping the truth of his money... hideden or obscured. Across the decades, aided and abetted by less-than-aggressive journalism, Mr. Trump has made sure his financial history would be sensationalized far more than seen.”
Sep 11, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read
On the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, President Trump woke up, turned on the television, started up his DVR of last night's Lou Dobbs Tonight, and began tweeting.

Left, Fox Business, 7:42 pm
Right, Trump, 7:08 am The other two tweets are about the same segment.

Left, Fox Business, 7:43 pm
Right, Trump, 7:19 am
Sep 10, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
New Yorker Bagel Twitter is the worst Twitter. I miss New Yorker Eating Pizza With A Knife And Fork Is Evil Twitter.
Sep 10, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
The Daily Caller has published an article theorizing that the Anonymous op-ed in the NYT is "a hoax, concocted within" the paper.

Author is a "forensic psychologist." The evidence is a set of bullet points detailing "the Left’s constant hoaxes, lies and fake news."

That's it. C'mon.
Sep 10, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
The president of the United States watches cable news for hours each day and is privately advised by Fox News hosts. Here's what they're telling him to do:… 1) Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity spent a lot of time last week calling on Trump to release DOJ docs that supposedly prove the Mueller probe is a witch hunt.

Basically #ReleaseTheMemo all over again.

He's reportedly taking this advice as soon as this week.
Sep 6, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
1. An interesting but perhaps not unexpected pattern emerges in Bob Woodward's new book: The president keeps watching cable news and freaking out at his staff about what he sees. It happens at least half a dozen times by my count.… 2. He is unnerved by Fox B-roll of a days-old North Korean missile launch, loses it when a CNN contributor mentions impeachment, explodes over coverage of his Charlottesville speech. He picks fights with senior staff and almost pulls a cabinet nominee.
Sep 6, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
"I Am Part Of The Resistance
Inside the Corleone Family

I work for the don but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his criminal agenda and his worst inclinations."

Byline: Salvatore Tessio I'm sorry I don't know how to do memes or really anything visual.
Sep 6, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
There are many interesting questions raised by the Anonymous op-ed. But the fact that literally everyone in Washington - including Trump’s aides and GOP congressional leadership - knows that the president is unfit for office seems like a good thing to focus on. I’d like to know who wrote it and why, and there’s an interesting philosophical debate about whether the author’s response is appropriate. But also, the president is unstable, everyone knows it, it’s been clear since the campaign, and he has nukes.
Sep 4, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Left: NY Times reports Dems "have been unable to muster much public outrage over" Kavanaugh.

Right: The broadcast evening newscasts gave the nomination 10 seconds of coverage (!) between the day he was named and last Wednesday.… It's a self-fulfilling prophecy: Journalists think Kavanaugh can't be stopped, and as a result his nomination receives virtually no coverage.…
Sep 1, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
President Trump spent the morning of John McCain's funeral tweeting about stuff he'd seen on Fox News.

Left, Fox & Friends, 7:36 am
Right, Trump, 9:19 am Dershowitz said this on last night's The Ingraham Angle and Fox & Friends played the clip at the top of the 6 am and 7 am hours, before Trump's tweet.

Left, Fox & Friends Saturday, 6:00 am
Right, Trump, 7:19 am
Aug 30, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
"The one thing that’s clear is that the new political journalism has to be built for a moment of crisis, not stability, something that citizens of less happy democracies are more accustomed to."… FWIW, I think covering politics as sports was unreasonable then, and -- as Smith alludes -- the sort of thing one could only find acceptable due to a lack of skin in the game.
Aug 30, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Okay, I think I figured out what the president was talking about last night when he tweeted that "Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia." Here's Rudy Giuliani during a July 25 interview with Sean Hannity. Giuliani says that Trump "he made it clear to Lester Holt he [fired Comey] knowing that the investigation would continue so he couldn't obstruct it."
Aug 30, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
The president's morning rant about the media is probably a response to a Fox & Friends segment.

Left, Fox & Friends, 6:17 am
Right, Trump, 6:50 am The McGahn tweet probably came because he switched over to MSNBC.

Left, Morning Joe, 7:28 am

Glaude: "there is this concern that [Jared and Ivanka] were forces behind pushing McGahn out... does that sound true to you?"

Costa: "It sounds true to a point"

Right, Trump, 7:44 am
Aug 29, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
I'm having trouble with Trump's tweets from the last 12 hours or so. There are some odd anomalies. Here's a tweet from this morning, which splices together several quotes from last night's Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Left, Fox News transcript, 8:12 pm
Right, Trump, 8:12 am
Aug 28, 2018 15 tweets 5 min read
Good morning. The president was up before dawn this morning watching and tweeting about last night's episode of Fox's Lou Dobbs Tonight.

Left, Dobbs, 7:30 pm
Right, Trump, 5:24 am Dobbs' take was that Google is "banning" and "suppressing" conservative news sites from appearing in their results. His source is a piece from PJ Media that sorted results based on "Sharyl Attkisson's media bias chart," which lists the Washington Post & the NY Times as far left.
May 29, 2018 8 tweets 8 min read
Some news, about which we are over the moon! We won't be using her name on twitter because, no offense, this place can be a hellscape. If you know her name please respect that or I shall become cranky.
May 23, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Introducing the Sean Hannity Expanded Universe, Fox’s anti-Mueller alternative reality

Because you, the people, demanded it, and my editors couldn't say no when I'm about to go on paternity leave. Anti-Mueller conspiracy theories have permeated nearly every corner of Fox. But a small group at the networks have followed Hannity's lead by making that narrative the center of their commentary.
May 23, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read
1. Study: Sean Hannity spent the last year laying the groundwork for an authoritarian response to the Russia probe

Here's my review of all 487 Hannity segments about the first year of the Mueller probe… 2. Click through for a lot of great data that we compiled over the past few weeks after reading through more than 2,700 pages of Hannity transcripts from the 254 episodes that aired in the year after Mueller’s appointment on May 17, 2017.

I'll talk big picture in this thread.
May 23, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
Trump's tweetstorm started with the 5 am hour of Fox & Friends First.

Left, F&FF, 5:52 am
Right, Trump, 6:45 am The end of Judge Nap's comment was, "was it for political purposes to get data to the West Wing to get to Hillary or to keep the campaign safe from the Russians."

Left, F&FF, 6:54 am
Right, Trump, 7:00 am
May 23, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
I feel pretty comfortable assuming the worst, dumbest thing will happen. Which is why I'm assuming that Jim Jordan will be the House GOP leader by January. If he isn't, it'll be because whoever the leader is got onboard with the crazy anti-Mueller conspiracies and pushed through a second special counsel.
May 22, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
This is a thing the Daily Caller makes jokes about. WATCH: Sarah Sanders Responds To Cuck Reporter's Question By Forcibly Marching Him From Bataan Province And Bayoneting Him As He Collapses From Dysentery