January 11, 2017

TWITTER OF THE UNIVERSE

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BY BOB FRANKEN
TWITTER OF THE UNIVERSE
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Let’s call him President-elect Tweety Bird. Donald Trump clearly has decided that he will continue to utilize his stream-of-consciousness Twitter messages to intimidate others -- whether it is an individual whose actions or comments have bruised his fragile ego; or a corporation that faces his threats because he believes (correctly or not) that it is shutting down American facilities for the promise of cheap labor across the border; or the “liars” in the “dishonest media” who dare to report on you-name-it unfavorably. He has commented on issues, often complex, with simple-minded, usually nasty, superficiality.
Although he issued a scathing tweet in response to Meryl Streep’s attack at the Golden Globes award show, calling her not just “overrated” but (gasp) “a Hillary flunky,” for him it’s not just “I tawt I taw a Democrat.” He’s a bipartisan Tweety Bird, just as quick to turn on his own. House Republicans painfully discovered this in their brand-new session, when their first order of business was their sneaky attempt to gut an ethics enforcement mechanism that had often complicated their lives when they’ve wanted to pull a fast one. President-elect Tweety Bird swooped down on that one, questioning on Twitter why they had made it “their No. 1 act and priority.” Presto change-o, the action was reversed.
That was one of his more subtle communications. He’s continuously shared his obvious anger at those who even suggest that Vladimir Putin ordered his hackers to throw the U.S. election Trump’s way. He has repeatedly and heatedly complained that the mere suggestion is just a “sore loser” attempt to discredit his presidency. He’s pretty much ignored the intelligence communities’ highly documented case that Putin did his best to engineer Trump’s victory. In the process, he has treated our various spy agencies with open contempt.

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January 6, 2017

POLITICS IS A MUCH TOUGHER GAME

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BY BOB FRANKEN
POLITICS IS A MUCH TOUGHER GAME
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What a phenomenal postseason finale for the political football season! Donald Trump’s Trump University won the Electoral College championship. At least his fraudulent institution didn’t cause him to lose the big game. In fact, he won, and afterward, with a sweep of his pen on his checkbook, he got rid of this irritant even as he was gloating over how he pulled it off despite all his legal troubles. Now he can dismiss his opponents with an angry “Trump U!” or whatever other sentiment he wants to tweet.
Actually, though, as long as that bitter season was, it was only his warm-up. Now Trump enters his season of reality. Barring anything we can’t anticipate, it will run either four or eight years. Much depends on how well he does, particularly on whether he can overcome his notoriously short attention span. Governing, unlike campaigning, is drudgery. It almost always requires focus that extends beyond the 140-character limit of Twitter. He’s proven himself to be the Tweet Master, but just about any issue is too complex to be finessed with some facile remark.
He hasn’t demonstrated that he’s an intellectual heavyweight like so many of those Machiavellian characters with whom he’ll be dealing. Right now, for instance, he’s being easily finessed, played by leaders of Taiwan, Israel and certainly Russia. There had to be a good reason Vladimir Putin ordered the cyberinterference in the election to install Trump, and we’re starting to see hints that Putin will regard Trump as his boy toy. The problem is that by cozying up to Vlad, he risks making Europe mad -- as in angry, very angry. And that doesn’t even include his fellow Republicans, who have made their contempt for Russia an article of faith.

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December 30, 2016

2016 PRE-POST MORTEM ON MSNBC

I'll be tolling out the old year as it finally grinds into toxic dust, Saturday morning on MSNBC. The program runs between 10 and noon Eastern. Perky it won't be.

December 26, 2016

MSNBC AND ME

I'm doing MSNBC on a Tuesday morning during the 10:00 Eastern hour, then again at 2PM, proving still again that snark never takes a holiday.



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