So much crying you will be sick of all the crying

I caught about 1 hour of MSNBC’s coverage of inauguration, about 5 pm-6 pm.  I wish had been live blogging: so much to react to.

  1. The Trump family is entering the reviewing stand.  One commentator (not sure who) says it reminds him of Romanov family.  THE ROMANOVS!  The projection of wishing the new President overthrown and family violently killed was blinding.,
  2. Trump behind schedule, should have already been on reviewing stand.  “He’s screwing this up”.  All the distractions, events, gladhanding . . . and he has to be on time?  Mayor DeBlasio of NYC is famously late for all his events, but I doubt he is accused of screwing things up.  Pathetic scraping for any criticism.
  3. On 1st day Trump already signed some executive order re mortgages (I think) that will cost $500 to middle class.  Per year? Per month?  What was order?  How will it cost taxpayers this?  And why?  Good or bad order?  No discussion, just unsupported sniping.
  4. Finally, Trump’s alleged ‘dark speech’.  Religions of Man author (sorry forgot name) notes something like “The current condition of man may be as dark as can be drawn.  The question of optimism does not arise until it is discussed whether it can be improved or not”.

Sycophancy

‘President Obama began his final press conference on a surprising note. Despite “not liking all of the stories you’ve filed,” he told the gathered White House press corps, it’s you’re [sic] duty to ask “tough questions” and not be “sycophants.” ‘, at least according to this story on the President’s last news conference.

The missing context is that most of the MSM *was* sycophantic to President Obama.  He is only telling them to go forward without sycophancy now that his term is over.  I expect the MSM will be much tougher on Trump than they ever were on Obama.   The sycophancy will continue.

Acceptance maybe?

The NY Times current marketing slogan is “Truth.  It comes at a cost.” Hard to believe they put this on their ads because it sounds like they are saying “We sell an expensive product”; presumably with gains to subscribers that make the costs worthwhile.  However, I also read it as an unconscious post-election awakening.  “A large part of the country really does support Donald Trump.  We denied it and evaded the implications.  But the truth came out anyway on November 8.  And it cost us a lot in terms of what we believed, what we thought was true, and what made us comfortable”.