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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sarcasm-challenged journalists meet Trump

As I read reactions to President Trump's jokes, I wonder if the journalists taking the jokes literally do so because they are foolish, or because they think the public can be so easily fooled.

Perhaps it varies from journo to journo. Consider the latest example.



Reporters asked President Trump about Putin kicking 755 American diplomats out in retaliation to new sanctions against Russia.

The President of the United States of America replied:
“I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll, and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll.
“There’s no real reason for them to go back, I greatly appreciate the fact that we’ve been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’re going to save a lot of money.”
That made me laugh.

The Marxist propaganda machine cranked out some outrage.

From Politico:
It wasn't clear if Trump's remarks were meant to be in jest, and he gave no solid indication either way. In any case, the comments did not go down well among employees at the State Department, where many U.S. diplomats have felt ignored and badly treated by the Trump administration. Some noted that locally hired staff members affected the most are crucial to American diplomats' work overseas.
A senior U.S. diplomat serving overseas called Trump's remarks "outrageous" and said it could lead more State Department staffers to head for the exits.
"This is so incredibly demoralizing and disrespectful to people serving their country in harm's way," the diplomat said.
"I kid you not, I have heard from three different people in the last five minutes," one State Department official told Politico shortly after Trump's comments. "Everyone seems pretty amazed. This statement is naive and shortsighted. It sends a terrible signal to local employees everywhere."
"THANK Putin?" another bewildered State Department official responded. "I don't have words that are printable to describe my reaction."
Barbara Stephenson, the president of the American Foreign Service Association, the diplomats' union, also weighed in with a carefully worded statement: "America’s leadership is being challenged by adversaries who would like to see us fail. We cannot let that happen," she said. "With all the threats facing our nation, we need a properly resourced and staffed Foreign Service more than ever, and we need them where they do the most good—posted abroad, delivering for the American people."
The reaction to Trump's comments on social media was withering, with many suggesting he simply didn't understand how the U.S. Foreign Service is structured and others shocked by his gesture to Putin.
Nicholas Burns, who served as undersecretary of state for political affairs during the second Bush administration, called Trump's statement "shameful."
"He justifies mistreatment of U.S. diplomats by Putin," Burns wrote on Twitter.
The humor-challenged journos and their humor-challenged sources of gossip at State are part of what's wrong with America.

The elites have banned so many jokes for being offensive to someone -- and in some cases it is a real stretch to find offense -- that they no longer recognize a good joke.

We have a press run by uptight scolds.

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21 comments:

  1. Well.

    'Barbara Stephenson, the president of the American Foreign Service Association, the diplomats' union...." and all these other Pearl-Clutchers are just the exact people we DON'T need at State, so maybe the will ingignantly qiut.

    Good riddance - and at least we'll know SOME of the least trustworthy, if they choose to stay.

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    1. OK, OK, if they INDIGNANTLY QUIT.

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    2. I kinda liked "ingignantly qiut." Your fingers spell like mine do.

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    3. There are diplomat unions? WHY?? They don't get paid enough? Hours too long. Not enough vacation?

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    4. Trump's answer is the perfect answer to the phony Russian Collusion serial attack on him. Come, everyone knows that Trump did not collude; yet, the Republicans in Congress pass sanctions on Russia and pointedly--in a direct slam at Trump--loudly add that Trump cannot interfere. Obligingly, Trump signs the bill. Putin responds to Congress' uncalled for provocation. All the meatheads, knowing full well that Russia did not hack Hillary's emails or collude with Trump, want to force Trump to respond directly to Putin. Trump refuses. He sticks it in their face and says, "(Once again)' Trump did me a favor." Hilarious. Trump also gets in a dig at the State Department career folks who are working against him. Trump has the ability to force everyone, from low-energy Jeb to the Republican leaders in the House and Senate to reveal who they really are. We must fight to Mueller and the rest from destroying him because in destroying Trump they are completely destroying the Rule of Law.

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  2. If the bozos in the MSM were any smarter they would have better paying jobs. They are witless bottom feeders, sniffing around in the mud like a catfish for carrion. As for diplomats having a union, well, if they're really professionals they wouldn't need one. What have they done for us lately beside screw the American citizens over all around the world? Get 'em all out of there and start over. - Elric

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    1. Hey, don't be so critical. They're wise beyond their teens. Heck, most of 'em are in their mid- late-twenties, early thirties. They know and have seen so much. /s

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    2. I wonder how many of them can actually speak the native language of the country they are assigned to. My guess is not many. - Elric

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  3. "A senior U.S. diplomat serving overseas called Trump's remarks "outrageous" and said it could lead more State Department staffers to head for the exits."

    A self-draining swamp?
    Trump, you magnificent b*st*rd!

    -Mikey NTH

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    1. Are they going to move to Canada?

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    2. Hahaha Mikey! Door, meet State ass cheeks.

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    3. Like they say, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

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  4. How many of those embassy staff being expelled were real diplomats and how many of them were CIA using the state department as cover? The outrage is as phony as the diplomatic passports the DoS issued to our spies.

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  5. By joking and not reacting badly, PDJT is also not giving Putin any satisfaction.

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    1. FSM will probably said that proves Trump and Putin are in cahoots. Dumb asses.

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  6. "A senior U.S. diplomat serving overseas called Trump's remarks "outrageous" and said it could lead more State Department staffers to head for the exits."

    I can just see The Donald's tweet: "Oooooh, ouchie!"

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  7. These guys got no sensayuma! Sheeesh, what a buncha grouches.

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  8. Aha!! There's your Russian collusion.

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  9. Sounds like the State Department is full of pearl-clutching Margaret Dumonts.

    Okay, that's not fair to Margaret Dumont. She was a classy dame.

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  10. The Staties have been living in a world where they can never lose their jobs, not even through treason. Welcome to Earth, numbnuts! You won't fit in well at all.

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