'Alternative Facts' Conway vouches for alternative video


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/11/alternative-facts-conway-v.html


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“So, I’m going to have to disagree with, I think, the overwrought description of this video being doctored as if we put somebody else’s arm in there.”

Uh-huh. Nobody added an extra arm to Hitler either.

One of his most famous achievements, which was shown multipe times around the world, made it look like Hitler was jumping for joy when he learned France had fallen. In fact, Grierson, had manufactured the clip after noticing that Hitler raised his leg while stepping backwards. He looped it repeatedly so it looked like Hitler was doing a jig.


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She is clearly and evidently a liar, and has been shown to be one on multiple occasions. Why does she get any attention whatsoever? Ignore her.


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I’m no football expert, but I’m pretty sure they slow down the footage to determine what happened.

I hope one day someone feeds her a literal bullshit sandwich, so she can finally taste the disgusting filth she foists upon us.


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What does VAR say about the video?


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Why are they (Trump admin) even bothering? who is this followup for? how big can the target deno be of people who are close enough to staying 100% in the bag for anything Trumo says, but only needed a weird, half-assed excuse to get back on board and relight the tiki…


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This type of bullshitting has to be kept up or it’ll look really stupid. I mean, it already does to most of us but for those it works on it needs to be constantly reinforced. And the Trump doctrine is at work here as well, never admit a mistake, ever.


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A Narcissist’s Prayer

That didn’t happen.

And if it did, it wasn’t that bad.

And if it was, that’s not a big deal. <- You are here Conway

And if it is, that’s not my fault.

And if it was, I didn’t mean it.

And if I did…

You deserved it.


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When I play Flight of the Bumblebee flawlessly on guitar and show the video around, I get a lot of know-it-alls claiming they can tell the video is doctored. I respond, “It’s not doctored, it’s sped up. Like they do to sports on tv so it’s harder to tell whether they scored a touchdown or not” and that shuts everyone up. They stand there looking at me with blank stares on their faces cuz i’ve left them with no counterargument.


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No, they SLOW DOWN the instant replay in sports. They SPEED UP certain fight scenes in movies to make it look like someone is doing something more violent than they really are.


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Bill Hicks already had this one nailed: https://youtu.be/KdHvwBwTnAc?t=65


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If they sped it up, they’d have to add Yakkity-Sax. That’s the law.


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I think this would be a yellow card for obstruction :thinking:


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Because she’s a spokes person for the administration, and as such, what she does and says in public has consequence…


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Not to mention a certain amount of official status. And, lying for the president has basically always been the press secretary’s job. Just not, you know, every word that comes out of their mouth. Even Ari Fleischer didn’t have it this bad.


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Which is why the position should simply be abolished. It’s a waste of taxpayer money. Either get the story straight from the horse’s mouth or shut up and don’t bother.

Sorry for the copypasta, wish I could link to the article, but it’s on Fox and I guess since it makes sense they memory-holed it.

Americans Should Stop Paying for White House Press Secretaries

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

By Radley Balko

The release of former Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s tell-all memoir has Washington buzzing, though there’s a certain Capt. Renault-like phoniness to all the indignation: Are we really all that surprised that this administration—or for that matter, any administration—would ask its press secretary to lie, mislead, or dissemble in front of the media?

Should we really be shocked—shocked!—that the White House might also keep its press secretary out of the loop when it comes to brewing political scandals, so he can convincingly feign ignorance when the press queries him about them?

While ostensibly serving as a liaison between the press and the president, White House press secretaries serve really only one function: to boost the president’s image. White House press offices are little more than public relations machines for the administration they’re serving.

They’re wells of information when the president’s announcing a new federal program or policy or when he’s doing well in the polls—when the tone and tenor of the political climate. But at the first hint of controversy, they shut down. Presidents by now know to keep damning information as far from their press offices as possible.

When the tough questions come, press secretaries can then credibly assert that they “have no knowledge” or that they “weren’t briefed” on the nasty stuff. For historical examples, see Clinton spokesmen Mike McCurry or Joe Lockhart during the sexual harassment scandals and, later, the impeachment trial. Or Regan press secretaries Larry Speakes and Marlon Fitzwater during Iran Contra.

Perhaps the last truly honorable press secretary was Jerald terHorst, who resigned from the Ford administration after just a month in office. terHorst had strong objections to Ford’s pardoning of Richard Nixon, and felt he could no longer in good conscience defend Ford’s policies to the media. So he stepped down.

Bush’s most widely praised press secretaries thus far have been Tony Snow and Ari Fleischer. But they aren’t praised for their efforts at getting important, impartial information to the public. They’re praised for the way they were able to flack with conviction—to be evasive without actually sounding evasive. The best press secretaries can spin like dervishes while having you believe you’re getting it straight.

When under fire, the best press spokesmen thrive by appearing to communicate with us—while actually saying nothing substantive at all. In other words, the best presidential secretaries aren’t notable for their public service, but for their talents at misleading the public.

So why are we paying for all of this? Why are taxpayers asked to foot the bill for the president’s public relations machine?

Granted, in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t that much money. The press secretary makes around $165,000 per year, deputies $70,000 to $130,000. Still, it’s the principle of it all. We shouldn’t be paying a White House press staff and press office whose main objective is to lie to us (of course, you could make a good argument that we pay most politicians to do the same thing, but that’s another matter.)

I say we stop up the spigot. No more tax dollars for political flacks. If the president, his cabinet, and their staffs want press spokesmen, let them pay for them with campaign funds, or out of their own pockets. The purpose of a political campaign, after all, is to sell a candidate to the public.

The president’s press office’s job is to sell the president to the public. They serve the same purpose. It’s insulting that what essentially are campaign staff are paid with taxpayer dollars under the false and farcical guise of “transparency.” Fact is, when a press office is most important—during a scandal, or allegations of corruption or abuse of power—its main objective is obfuscation, the opposite of transparency.

While we’re at it, we shouldn’t be using public funds to pay the press secretaries and communications officers on House and Senate staff, either. They aren’t nearly as prominent as the White House press spokesmen and women, but here too, their job isn’t to give the public access to its lawmakers so much as it is to tout and promote the lawmakers themselves.

Taxpayer-funded press offices also contribute to an incumbency advantage. Yes, there’s supposed to be a hard and fast line between a politician’s campaign press and his official-duties press. But let’s be honest. Touting the latest federal earmark for the water sanitation plant back home in a press release wins votes. Challengers have to pay for all of their press work from campaign funds. Incumbents should, too.

I suppose some would argue that without press offices, our politicians would be even less answerable and accountable to the public than they already are. I’ll concede that my plan certainly wouldn’t make them more accountable. But I doubt it will make them much less accountable, either. Politicians will still want to distribute information about how wonderful they are. Congressional representatives will still want their home districts to know how much federal pork they’ve procured for the local college, police department, and public works project. They’ll still find a way to get that information out.

In other words, we’d still have press offices, and they’d still be doing much of the same thing they do today—touting the wisdom, good looks, and selfless public service of the boss. The main difference is that instead of pushing on taxpayers the indignity of forcing us to pay for being propagandized to, the agitprop would come from a campaign office, and be paid for with campaign money.

No one else gets a well-oiled PR machine at taxpayer expense. Why should politicians?


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A tune made famous by a creepy old man inexplicably popular in America who couldn’t keep his hands off younger women.


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She actually looks happy in that picture… before the dark times… before the empire.