‘Trump trolls everyone’

Or so says The Daily Wire’s Andrew Klavan in the first ten or so minutes of this witty video.

In my last post, I said that things were hotting up, and so they did on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

The big shocker was that NBC sacked Matt Lauer, the longtime host of the Today show. Klavan talks about him, too, and his perspective on the man is the same as mine. Lauer let you knew where he stood politically and wasn’t the greatest reporter, but millions of Americans tuned in to NBC as a way to start their day.

Variety reported that NBC chairman Andrew Lack stated that the network:

received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.

Lauer did not appear on air that morning. Two of the show’s female presenters stood in: Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. At the beginning of the show, Guthrie said:

As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still processing all of this. I will tell you right now we do not know more than what I just shared with you, but we will be covering this story as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we will be learning more details in the hours and days to come. And we promise we will share that with you.” She said she was “heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear colleague.

This was a really big deal:

Lauer has been a fixture on “Today” for more than two decades, and has served as a connection to morning viewers through at least two generations. He first joined as a news reader in 1994 before becoming the show’s co-anchor in 1998.

Even my English better half can identify him, because until 2008, I used to watch part of the Today show, which I grew up on, when we were in the US on holiday.

In October, NBC fired veteran political journalist Mark Halperin after allegations of sexual harassment against him surfaced.

NBC was not the only network affected. Veteran journalist and commentator Charlie Rose worked for both CBS and PBS. They sacked him in the middle of November after eight women came forward — three of whom are on record — with complaints of sexual harassment.

Later that day, Variety dropped an ‘EXCLUSIVE’ with details of what three women allege. It’s too indecent to mention here. Cleaner excerpts follow.

Americans viewed Lauer positively:

In front of the camera, for more than two decades, Lauer had positioned himself as America’s squeaky-clean dad. But behind the scenes, Lauer was a different person.

Lauer’s bad conduct had been going unchecked for several years:

Several women told Variety they complained to executives at the network about Lauer’s behavior, which fell on deaf ears given the lucrative advertising surrounding “Today.” NBC declined to comment.

Why? Because:

For most of Lauer’s tenure at “Today,” the morning news show was No. 1 in the ratings, and executives were eager to keep him happy.

Were some of these relationships consensual? A former producer says many were — at least superficially — but was that because of the power Lauer held?

“There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,” says a former producer who knew first-hand of these encounters. “He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.”

The next bit is outrageous (emphasis mine):

Lauer, who was paranoid about being followed by tabloid reporters, grew more emboldened at 30 Rockefeller Center as his profile rose following Katie Couric’s departure from “Today” in 2006. His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up. This afforded him the assurance of privacy. It allowed him to welcome female employees and initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him, according to two women who were sexually harassed by Lauer.

The aforementioned Katie Couric once appeared on a late night talk show. She said:

Matt Lauer ‘Pinches Me On The A** A Lot’.

In 2014, Newsbusters posted an article about a musical NBC televised about Today. Lauer featured in a questionable scripted scene in which he was waiting for freshly pressed trousers in the corridor after a staffer accidentally spilled coffee on him. His female colleagues walked in. Lauer (emphasis in the original):

opened his suit jacket and told them to “drink it in, ladies.”

Then:

Co-host Natalie Morales asked “again Matt, really?” with Jenna Bush Hager declaring “it’s the third time this week.”

Jenna Bush Hager is W’s daughter, which might well explain how her cousin Billy worked on the show until being sacked in 2016 after the 2005 Access Hollywood tape of Trump emerged and he claimed credit.

Trump might have been thinking of the big deal the media made out of that recording when he tweeted:

Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!

I tried researching Andy Lack’s past but came up with nothing. However, I did hear a couple of things nearly 30 years ago from someone who knew.

Trump tweeted again that day:

So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!

Andrew Klavan discusses this in the first part of the video, when he says that Trump is trolling everyone. Klavan couldn’t find anything negative information about Phil Griffin. Joe (Morning Joe) Scarborough’s young intern died mysteriously in his office when Scarborough was in his fourth term as a US congressman. Nothing untoward happened, but the woman had a heart condition, fainted, hit her head and died. Scarborough stood down several weeks later to say he wanted to spend more time with his family. He then worked for a law firm and, afterwards, joined MSNBC.

Breitbart describes Trump’s trolling as turning the tables on lefty media:

This is just another example of Trump using the media’s own tactics against them — something that never ceases to freak the left-wing media out. They are simply not used to a Republican who fights back.

If Russia is fair game, why not Scarborough’s dead intern? After all, Scarborough has been a leading conspiracy theorist regarding all things Trump.

Scarborough’s response was typical:

Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump’s bizarre tweets. He is not well.

Returning to Lauer, most Americans will remember him as rising in the ranks sufficiently to appear on NBC at other times of day. He presented the 2014 broadcasts of the Winter Olympics in Sochi for NBC. On September 7, 2016, millions tuned in to see him host the first encounter between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the Commander-in-Chief Forum in New York City.

The Daily Caller noted at the time that Lauer:

is listed as a “notable past member” on the Clinton Global Initiative’s website — along with Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric.

In the past, a Clinton Foundation official has said that the journalists who are part of the foundation were never asked to pay the $20,000 member fee.

They were reclassified as ‘guests’ rather than ‘members’.

Hmm. This might explain Hillary’s fury at Lauer backstage after the Forum. She thought he was too even-handed towards Trump.

The New York Times explained the next day that Clinton was not alone in critcising Lauer:

It was a high-stakes political moment, far from the chummier confines of the “Today” show and, for Matt Lauer, NBC’s stalwart of the morning, a chance to prove his broadcasting mettle on the presidential stage.

The consensus afterward was not kind.

Charged with overseeing a live prime-time forum with Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton — widely seen as a dry run of sorts for the coming presidential debates — Mr. Lauer found himself besieged on Wednesday evening by critics of all political stripes, who accused the anchor of unfairness, sloppiness and even sexism in his handling of the event …

“Lauer interrupted Clinton’s answers repeatedly to move on. Not once for Trump,” Norman Ornstein, the political commentator, wrote in a Twitter message, adding: “Tough to be a woman running for president.”

… If Mr. Lauer — who was passed over to host a debate in favor of his NBC colleague Lester Holt — was seeking a piece of the moderator experience, he got it. Warts and all.

Lauer wasn’t the only chap who lost his job in that 24-hour period. Garrison (Prairie Home Companion) Keillor was the next surprise.

Breitbart reported:

Minnesota Public Radio confirmed Keillor had been fired, saying it received a single allegation of “inappropriate behavior” and doesn’t know of any other similar allegations. MPR said it was notified of the allegation last month and that it stemmed from Keillor’s conduct when he was responsible for producing “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Keillor retired as host of his long-running public radio variety show in 2016. His hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile, is in his second season as “Prairie Home” host. After Keillor retired from the show, he continued to work with MPR on other projects.

The firing Wednesday came shortly after Keillor, an avowed Democrat, wrote a syndicated column that ridiculed the idea that Sen. Al Franken should resign over allegations of sexual harassment.

The popular radio show — including reruns — has been cancelled, although Minnesota Public Radio says it will change the name. A number of road shows, scheduled to star Keillor, have also been cancelled.

Then the spotlight fell on veteran Fox journalist Geraldo Rivera, who tweeted an empathetic message about Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor. Fox News responded quickly:

Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him.

A Geraldo-related excerpt from Bette Midler’s book Still Divine circulated on Twitter. The content is too explicit to go into here, but Geraldo did not come out smelling of roses. That said, when the alleged event occurred, American women considered him a heart-throb and he knew it.

Midler related a cleaner version of her encounter with Geraldo to Barbara Walters. Walters was the first female co-host of Today. I grew up watching her in the early 1960s.

Radio and television host Mark Simone points out the huge irony in these sexual allegations:

The sexual harassment investigations were started by some liberal journalists just to take down a couple of conservative broadcasters, but the can of worms they opened will end up taking out 100s of the most prominent liberals.

Back now to Trump, who trolled Britain’s Prime Minister that day:

., don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!

Americans and Britons thought that was terrible — until news emerged that a terror attack targeting her had been foiled. Suddenly, Trump looked so much better: ‘Oh, okay, he already had the intel’.

That day, in St Charles, Missouri, Trump gave a rousing speech on tax reform peppered with Americana. This sounds like a dry subject until a) one looks at what he said and b) what his plans involve.

The Trumpet has an excellent analysis, one that most Americans have not considered:

There are two big Trump earthquakes about to take place …

We mean tax reform. We are not talking about the “tax reform” everyone else is talking about. We mean the revolutionary aspects about to be unleashed by the Trump tax reform plan …

The first earthquake involves SALT — State and Local Taxes:

some Americans will be hit hard by the elimination of SALT deductions on federal income taxes.

Who will be hurt by the elimination of SALT deductions in federal taxes? Those with high incomes in high tax states will be hurt because the standard deduction increases will not make up for the loss of SALT deductions in federal taxes. But who will really, really, really, really be hurt the most? Blue state Obama Dimocrat politicians: …

Take a moment to fully grasp the revolutionary implications of what this means. It means that Obama Dimocrats that control these blue states will be put under pressure by their powerful residents to reduce state and local taxes. The very wealthy that have supported the Obama Dimocrats will be the hardest hit and the ones who will either have to move from the blue states or else demand that state and local taxes be lowered.

The second reform addresses problems in higher education, with middle class teens finding themselves locked out of college or university for financial reasons. The Republican plan is controversial as it would levy new taxes on both students and universities.

The Trumpet looks at it as a slap at endowments at the most prestigious universities:

The powerful masters of colleges and universities will focus all their power to stop these responsible changes. The colleges and universities will try to make the argument that students will be hurt by the tax changes although the rise of the standard deduction would offset any higher taxes individual students will pay. What the colleges and universities fear is the loss of their massive endowment funds …

Harvard University alone has an endowment of well over 34 billion dollars, Princeton over 22 billion dollars, Stanford 22 billion dollars, Yale has over 25 billion dollars. Poor darlings want everyone to pay taxes, now they can join in the fun.

To think it took a billionaire to get these lowlifes to pay taxes.

The Trump earthquakes will soon start to shake, rattle and roll.

Trump told the Missouri crowd that the heart of his overall tax reform plan is to cut taxes for working families. He also told the audience that they should never be tired of winning.

He stood in front of four Christmas trees. It was a festive atmosphere for a positive message.

At the end:

President Trump pointed to this sign [see tweet] and said “Merry Christmas everybody” then walked off stage to applause and cheers.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, parts of the Swamp were in trouble. More on that later.

6 comments for “‘Trump trolls everyone’

  1. Voice of Reason
    December 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I wouldn’t necessarily hope for your scenario on reduction of state and local taxes in Democratic states, because …

    1. The states which have worked hardest to reduce these, such as Kansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and others have had to cut services so much that companies are leaving. Kansas just rolled back more tax cuts from the previous governor.

    2. It turns out that the Democratic states are the ones financially propping up the federal government. Almost without exception, the Republican states get more from the feds than they send in, and the reverse is true for the Democratic states. Interestingly, the purple swing states, such as Ohio, have a ratio of almost exactly 1.

  2. December 19, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    It turns out that the blue states have been ripping off the federal govt but that’s now going to end:

    http://dailysignal.com/2017/10/04/how-the-tax-code-enables-big-government-blue-states/

    By the way, don’t believe any source which is the left liberal press. These two are interesting:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_states_and_blue_states

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/01/25/us/20090126-welfare-table.html

    Though welfare recipients are in both types of states, e.g. Indiana and Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Ohio, all of those went blue under Obama and thus the troubles became worse.

    The biggest drain on America though by a long shot is California, blue since 1992 and going down the gurgler of course. To be in a blue state is to be heading for decline and ruin.

    The leftwing NYT wrote, on Nov 13, 2017:

    For years, red states have effectively been subsidizing part of health insurance for blue states. By declining to expand their Medicaid programs as part of the Affordable Care Act, many of those states have passed up tens of billions of federal dollars they could have used to offer health coverage

    In effect then, the red states are subsidizing the blue states in America. Interesting.

    And of course, the tax cuts, as they always have done, will stimulate the US economy further:

    https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/gop-corporate-income-tax-cuts-will-boost-economic-growth-and-real-wages-study-finds/

    • December 20, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you, James — greatly appreciated!

    • Voice of Reason
      December 20, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Sorry, but your argument in this comment makes no sense. It is the one being floated here right now, in the hope that the public buys it.

      You don’t get to change the laws of basic arithmetic.

      Since state and local taxes are currently deductible under federal law, it is that California and other high-tax blue states are not collecting enough in federal taxes to be ‘fair’.

      However, when one looks at the ratio (federal money in divided by federal taxes out), the blue states are on the low side, as I said. Simply put, net money flows from the bluest states to Washington, and that money, plus some borrowed, runs to the other states, including the red ones (the Deep South) and the purple ones (like Ohio).

      This should get you started on some of the numbers: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-states-the-most-and-least-dependent-on-the-federal-government-2015-7

      The proposed changes, assuming that nothing else changes, will mean even more federal tax collected in California and New York, and even less in Alabama.

      That will make the ratio for the former states even smaller, since the denominator is getting bigger. The opposite is true for the receiving states.

      • December 21, 2017 at 7:19 am

        Yes, thought you might go for Business Insider, known globalist positions. Proves nothing of course. My comment makes sense, as Churchmouse mentioned, as it gives the relevant stats, not the cherrypicked and distorted.

        • Voice of Reason
          December 22, 2017 at 12:24 am

          Actually, the same figures are in lots of sources, and generally pop up every couple of years.

          What I said is factual, which is that the ‘red’ states are net beneficiaries of federal monies, and that the ‘blue’ states are the opposite. Every set of figures, including those from the GAO, show that.

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