Outhouse press briefings ban cameras, California bans state-funded travel to anti-LGBT states, and the God-King lies. (More)

“I don’t think that the be all and end all is whether it’s on television or not”

So declared Outhouse Sewer Spewer Sean Spicer when asked whether he’ll continue to ban cameras at press briefings:

Spicer and his deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders have only held four on-camera briefings in June. Most of their Q&A sessions have been held off-camera.

The White House has also prohibited live audio broadcasts of the briefing. On Thursday and Friday, CNN aired the briefing audio in its entirety shortly after it ended.

Spicer was asked on Friday afternoon about the rollback in access.

“Some days we’ll do it” on camera, he said. “I think it’s great for us to come out here and have a substantive discussion about policies. I don’t think that the be all and end all is whether it’s on television or not.”

CNN sent Bill Hennessey, their Supreme Court sketch artist, to cover the briefing. As for the Sewer Spewers sure, it’s better for them if their lies aren’t recorded. (More on that below.) It also makes less grist for Saturday Night Live’s Melissa McCarthy, whose spot-on Sewer Spewer send-ups have upset the God-King.

In other words, “We got yer transparency right here….”

“When California said we would not tolerate discrimination against LGBTQ members of our community, we meant it”

That was California Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday in a statement adding Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Texas to California’s state employee travel ban list:

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that California will prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas based on discriminatory legislation enacted in each state.

“Our country has made great strides in dismantling prejudicial laws that have deprived too many of our fellow Americans of their precious rights. Sadly, that is not the case in all parts of our nation, even in the 21st century. I am announcing today that I am adding four states to the list of states where California-funded or sponsored travel will be restricted on account of the discriminatory nature of laws enacted by those states,” said Attorney General Becerra. “While the California DOJ works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back. That’s why when California said we would not tolerate discrimination against LGBTQ members of our community, we meant it.”

Of course Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who signed the anti-LGBT bill that drew California’s ire, thought he had a snappy comeback:

“California may be able to stop their state employees,” said Abbott spokesman John Wittman, “but they can’t stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation, and relocating to Texas.”

Oh really? Thing is, California grew more jobs last year than did Texas. Indeed the Golden State has been kicking Texas-sized ass for a few years. CNBC and other business-centered media rate California near the bottom in “business friendliness,” but “taxation and regulation” haven’t stopped California from outpacing almost every other state in GDP and job growth.

Oh, and if your job-growth policy is to take jobs from other states … how “American” are you, really? Just askin’.

“Lies, plain and simple”

Speaking of lies, back to the God-King. Yesterday the New York Times catalogued every lie he’s told since his inauguration:

President Trump’s political rise was built on a lie (about Barack Obama’s birthplace). His lack of truthfulness has also become central to the Russia investigation, with James Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testifying under oath about Trump’s “lies, plain and simple.”

There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths. Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president – of either party – has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant.

We have set a conservative standard, leaving out many dubious statements (like the claim that his travel ban is “similar” to Obama administration policy). Some people may still take issue with this standard, arguing that the president wasn’t speaking literally. But we believe his long pattern of using untruths to serve his purposes, as a businessman and politician, means that his statements are not simply careless errors.

We are using the word “lie” deliberately. Not every falsehood is deliberate on Trump’s part. But it would be the height of naïveté to imagine he is merely making honest mistakes. He is lying.

Turns out the God-King has lied – in public – on 114 of his 153 days in office. That list doesn’t include half-truths or untestable half-baked opinions. It includes only statements that are demonstrably false, on issues where the God-King had ample reason to know his words were false. He even lies about his lies:

Sometimes, Trump can’t even keep his untruths straight. After he reversed a campaign pledge and declined to label China a currency manipulator, he kept changing his description of when China had stopped the bad behavior. Initially, he said it stopped once he took office. He then changed the turning point to the election, then to since he started talking about it, and then to some uncertain point in the distant past.

The Washington Monthly’s David Atkins sums it up nicely:

Donald Trump is a compulsive liar. It’s sad that such a statement is necessary to make about a president of the United States, but there’s no escaping the fact.

I say this not to be insulting, but because the fact of Trump’s basic dishonesty must be established when evaluating any news story about him. Nothing he says can ever be taken at face value. If he contradicts himself by saying one thing one day and then the opposite later, it’s just as likely that either statement is false – or that both statements may be false.

Given the tsunami of bullshit flowing out of the Outhouse, reporters would be wise to treat anything the God-King or his sewer spewers say as likely to be false … including “Good morning.”

Just sayin’.


Image Credit: Bill Hennessey (CNN)


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