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Media Beclowns Itself Over Trump Jobs Report Tweet

Media Beclowns Itself Over Trump Jobs Report Tweet

Oddly, they didn’t seem nearly as interested in the stellar jobs report itself

The leftstream media went into full meltdown mode Friday after President Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to the jobs report.

With the speed of the ace reporters of yore leaping into action when an actual story breaks, they all leaped to their keyboards and tapped out stories about how Trump “broke protocol,” may have broken a federal rule, may be guilty of insider trading or “worse,” was “indiscreet with confidential information,” and on. And on.

Here’s a sampling:

From the NYT: Trump Touts Jobs Report Before Official Release, Breaking Protocol

From WaPo: Trump breaks with decades of protocol with tweet before release of jobs report

From USA Today: Trump tweet on jobs report may have breached a 1985 federal directive

From NBC News:  Trump breaks protocol with jobs report tweet

From MarketWatch: Trump’s jobs tweet was a lot worse than insider trading

What information did the president reveal that caused this meltdown?

This:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1002510522032541701

Seriously, that’s it.

Former Obama admin officials also had plenty to say about the president looking forward to seeing the employment numbers:

The main complaint appears to be that the president “broke protocol” in his tweet. Protocol, however, is not law, and in this case, it’s nothing more than a policy directive.

USA Today reports:

[A] 1985 Office of Management and Budget policy directive published in the Federal Register during the administration of President Ronald Reagan outlined an updated procedure to ensure that the jobs report and other significant federal economic indicators would not be released prematurely.

“All employees of the Executive Branch who receive prerelease distribution of information and data estimates … are responsible for assuring that there is no release prior to the official release time,” the directive said.

“Except for members of the staff of the agency issuing the principal economic indicator who have been designated by the agency head to provide technical explanations of the data, employees of the Executive Branch shall not comment publicly on the data until at least one hour after the official release time,” the directive added.

The question appears to be whether or not this restriction applies to the president, and if it does, if he did reveal anything that violates it (like the actual numbers).

USA Today continues:

Jacob Frenkel, a former SEC enforcement attorney, said protocol, practice and tradition, no matter how long in existence, “are not laws or regulations.”

As the nation’s chief executive, the president has the right to disseminate information as he sees fit, said Frenkel, who added: “He did not break or violate any securities laws and acted entirely within his discretion.”

However, Jason Furman, who chaired the Council of Economic Advisers during President Barack Obama’s second term, told The New York Times via email in March 2017: “The interpretation of our administration (like Clinton and Bush) was that this applied to POTUS” (President of the United States). “There were times they wanted Obama to comment, his flight or whatever was taking off at 9:20 and they would hold off until 9:30 so he could comment then.”

Interestingly, CNN’s John King dared anyone to locate evidence of any president since Reagan who breached this protocol.  The GOP accepted the dare.

Watch:

It’s become apparent that the more the media churns itself into a ludicrous feeding frenzy, the better the news for the President and usually, as with Friday’s jobs report, for America.

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Comments

Henry Hawkins | June 2, 2018 at 7:43 pm

Well, impeachment is inevitable now.

(((yawn)))

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm

Suspect All MSM complaining about this have committed insider trading for real.

Maybe John King will double-dog dare someone to find more examples — ’cause these won’t be enough.

Imbecile cultists, bent on committing suicide — and taking us with them.

So saying that people are being hired is insider trading now?

They don’t seem to understand that Trump can release the jobs report anytime he wishes. It is not like certain MSM don’t already seem to have the story written. AP in particular under the Obama administration. Speaking of which, a blast from the past:
“Obama’s Failure to Make Good on Jobs Promises: The president’s original target for jobs creation, set during the 2008 fall campaign, was 2.5 million jobs. But as employment fell at the end of 2008, he increased the employment target to 3.5 million jobs. At the time, employment stood at about 135.1 million, according to the DOL’s most commonly used measure. This establishes the Obama jobs target for December 2010 at 138.6 million. It also establishes a basic trajectory for employment that the economy would need to approximate to hit that target.

According to the latest jobs report, total U.S. employment stood at 130.2 million in July, which means the cumulative Obama jobs deficit stands at 7.6 million (see graphic).

Accompanying his jobs promise, the president also emphasized accountability and measuring his presidency by results. By his own official forecast and by his own standard, the Obama jobs deficit attests to the failure of his policies.”

“Media Beclowns Itself”

This headline is getting so common (not just on this site) that it’s becoming a dog-bites-man kind of story. If you started numbering them, they would hit the hundreds.

Each time, we should be asking the question, “But do they know it? Is there any hope of the current “news” media ever learning something like professionalism?”

(Hint: I doubt it but we can ask)

YellowGrifterInChief | June 2, 2018 at 9:07 pm

I remember when the Fox News, Limbaugh and the whole right-wing blog-o-sphere had a meltdown because Obama saluted a marine with a cup of coffee in his hand as he exited Marine One.

Semper Latte: Obama causes firestorm by saluting Marines with coffee cup

Oh, the humanity. Oh, the disrespect to proper protocol!

    Is not a disrespect to mere “protocol”. I’d explain it to you but that wouldn’t take, since you’re not an American.

    Disrespect to people who put their lives at risk for you is pretty effing feckless.

    healthguyfsu in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | June 2, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Deflect…deflect…deflect. That’s all the bottom feeding grifter of this comment section can do.

    It has one move and demonstrates all the subtlety of a baby born to the muslim brotherhood after a one night ramadan with something from the planet of the apes.

    You bigoted POS. How the hell does this blog still let you post?

    YellowGrifterInChief | June 2, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Pope Francis…is a Jewish imposter.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/06/pope-francis-summons-big-oil-to-vatican-for-climate-change-sermon/comment-page-1/#comment-851422

    Thanks for the reminder of one reason out of thousands why zero was the worst president in history.

    “Meltdown” is an exaggeration, but criticism was warranted. He had a couple of better options available.

    1. Move the cup to his left hand before returning the salute. This would be the better way.
    2. Don’t return the salute at all; if desired, acknowledge with a nod or a word or two. He,still would have been criticized, but with less substance.

    A salute is a sign of respect. That image showed disrespect for the people in uniform.

      Fen in reply to malclave. | June 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      There’s a story I heard out of Boot Camp, not sure if it’s anecdotal or really happened, but..

      A Drill Instructor walks up on a 2d LT ordering a Private to render 50 proper salutes. He takes the LT aside and asks what’s going on. LT explains the Private failed to salute him in passing. DI “gently’ reminds the LT that the Duty the Private has to salute offers is the same Duty the LT has to return that salute.

      LT is now standing before that Private returning the 50 salutes he ordered.

      The President is the Commander in Chief. As such, he has a duty to learn how to render a proper salute (see John Kerry on how NOT to) and to swap his damn coffee cup to his offhand and return salutes from subordinate troops. It signifies many things, but if you are civillian, think of it as a reminder that no one is above the Rule of Law. Not even the CINC.

      Example at 2:30
      https://youtu.be/y8i8mVxt258

        Milhouse in reply to Fen. | June 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

        The president has no legal duty to return servicemen’s salutes. But it’s common manners to do so. But if he doesn’t want to, fine. Saluting with the coffee cup is a bigger insult than not saluting at all. It shows he doesn’t give a ****.

Good Lord. They just caught their breath from the last time Trump had them jumping through hoops.

Not that I’m complaining, Mr President. I am SO not tired of winning.

PS – could you please make MeAgain Kelly to cry for me?

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Fen. | June 2, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Trump may be winning; your not.

      What about Fen’s “not”?

        Fen in reply to murkyv. | June 2, 2018 at 11:52 pm

        Heh. Can you imagine what all of Yellow’s impotent rage and frustration is going to do to him in 6 years?
        He’s going to look like one of those before/after crack addict posters.

        Humans have a knack for creating the hell they deserve. Something I remember when I want to be cruel to him – there’s nothing I could do to him that would be worse than the path he has put himself on.

        But I did order 6 years of popcorn 🙂

        Mmmm delicious tears

          YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Fen. | June 3, 2018 at 12:43 am

          So that is what happened to you during the Obama Admin?

          All the Kings horse and all the Kings men couldn’t put Fen back together again. So Fen supports a grifter and he is the mark.

          Trump is winning; but Fen is not. Fen will get angrier and angrier as he fails to find the pea in the cup. As he goes further and further downhill, he will blame everyone but himself.

          Fen in reply to Fen. | June 3, 2018 at 12:49 am

          Much better. And I appreciate the effort you put into it. Thanks.

          Fen in reply to Fen. | June 3, 2018 at 12:53 am

          Now try to make it rhyme this time. You can do it.

          Immolate in reply to Fen. | June 4, 2018 at 11:11 am

          Resentment is the slayer of souls, YGIC. Here’s what I did during Obama’s presidency: “Obama did what? That bonehead! Can’t replace him with a good president soon enough.” And then I let it go. The only thing I could do that mattered about it was vote. So I did. When he was reelected, I shook my head and moved on.

          Now it’s your turn to exercise self control and maturity. My concern is that it doesn’t seem like anyone left of center is capable of it. I know that’s an illusion because only the political animals get the microphone, but I urge you all to be a bit more stoic about it. There is a need for a liberal perspective, so it would be good if some liberals remain on the left.

I know it breaks “protocol” but this would be worth it simply to watch 40 million Democrats simultaneously sekf-destruct…

CNN: We’re standing by LIVE waiting on President Pence to give first speech, on the heels of former President Trump being impeached and removed from office after a 6 year invest- wait here he comes…

Pence: Effective 12pm Eastern tomorrow I am resigning the office of President..

CNN: :!

Pence: But first, please welcome my selection for Vice President, Donald J Trump!

CNN:. :0

    Milhouse in reply to Fen. | June 3, 2018 at 4:57 am

    Um, how, even in your most fevered imagination, could you think that the same hypothetical Congress that had just impeached and convicted Trump would immediately confirm him to the vice presidency? Why would they do that? Or were you under the delusion that the president can just appoint whomever he likes?

      Fen in reply to Milhouse. | June 3, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Lighten up Francis. You are harshing everyone’s vibe.

        Milhouse in reply to Fen. | June 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

        With some reality? Then maybe you need it.

          Fen in reply to Milhouse. | June 4, 2018 at 12:39 am

          My excursions into imagination are a compensation for too much reality. Ying yang. You should experiment with it, I’ve found that it creates a greater appreciation for Reality and brings it into better focus.

          Laugh a little. You have a sharp mind, no dispute there. But you could still be better.

I like this one particularly—

it’s not far-fetched to imagine him telling an investor friend in advance.

Yet more proof that he can’t be trusted

Wild speculation morphs to “proof” in consecutive sentences. How typically Progressive.

I would imagine that if he’s tipping off investors—and probably Russian investors, at that—he’d send them an e-mail, not a Twit. Using his private unsecure server, of course, which is the “norm”.

When I’ve said we’re dealing with six-year-olds, I may have overestimated their intellectual capabilities by a bit.

    Shane in reply to tom_swift. | June 2, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    It didn’t morph it progressed … get it .. progressed … nvm 😛

      YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Shane. | June 3, 2018 at 12:47 am

      Elbow in the ribs – get it, get it, get it. Shane is .1% of the way to being a wit.

    Fen in reply to tom_swift. | June 3, 2018 at 12:37 am

    “it’s not far-fetched to imagine him telling an investor… Yet more proof that he can’t be trusted”

    I’ve tried that line at the bar: “Honey, my imagination has you doing all sorts of naughty things”.

    It only worked once. And she stole my wallet while I slept.

      YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Fen. | June 3, 2018 at 12:47 am

      No doubt autobiographical.

        See, you don’t want to counter too often, especially with lame attacks. That just tells the troll he’s in your head. Minimum number of attacks for maximum damage.

        Also, it’s not possible to derail a thread about Beclowning by beclowning yourself, in case that was your goal.

        5 cents please.

Beclown would imply they aren’t clowns of yet. They are way past beclowning.

    Fen in reply to c0cac0la. | June 3, 2018 at 1:46 am

    And then they double down on their total lack of self-awareness with these “reflective” Op Eds: “are Americans losing faith in us?”

    Losing faith? They are oblivious to how much they are hated.

    “Oh not at all”, he replies. And “come closer” he asks while checking the security cam’s arc as he looks around for a big rock.

    Clueless.

The difference is that thanks to policies that are actually pro-America Trump has jobs reports to look forward to. The black baby Jesus on the other hand never had the same luxury because his policies didn’t generate the same pro-work/business activities that Trump is generating.

Trump tweet on jobs report may have breached a 1985 federal directive

It didn’t, but let’s suppose it did. So ****ing what? Since when does the president have to obey his own orders? He gives orders to other people, not to himself. If he chooses to do something that Reagan told people not to do, he has every right. He’s the president.

(His tweet didn’t break the directive, because it’s aimed at “executive branch employees”, and the president isn’t one; he is the executive branch.

it’s not far-fetched to imagine him telling an investor friend in advance.

Um, yeah, it is. It really is. But you know what? If he did do that, so what? Not only would it break no law, but while improper it would pale into insignificance compared to at least fifty improper things his predecessor did.

Yet more proof that he can’t be trusted with any sensitive information.

It’s his information.

Did you know that if you bend a dragonfly’s abdomen (tail) around to it’s mandibles it will devour itself to death?

It seems to me that the media works the same way.

Studying the nature of insects has greatly contributed to my understanding of the press.

Another fun fact; the female praying mantis eats her mate while they are having sex. So desperate is the male to have sex he just continues as if nothing happens.

I think that’s roughly analogous to how Trump trolls the media with his tweets, and how they suicidally respond.

    Valerie in reply to Arminius. | June 3, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I never tried to kill a dragonfly that way, but I watched George W Bush and Dick Cheney whip John F Kerry around in circles during an election campaign. I eventually came to the conclusion that the man had not made a concentrated effort to learn how to reason on his own — ever. I’m sure that was the point of the exercise.

    Milhouse in reply to Arminius. | June 3, 2018 at 10:02 am

    That’s nothing to how bees mate. I take it as proof positive that insects are incapable of feeling pain.

He might have indicated a favorable report on job numbers, but he only said he was looking forward to the report coming out in an hour.

As the Yellow moron poster proves with utmost regularity, the left have gone insane. The hatred has taken over their minds and they cannot think beyond it. At least they are self destructing instead of cheering on leftists in power who work to destroy the bedrock of the American dreams.

The insanity gripping the anti-Trump media is astounding.

First, the “insider trading” analogy is total garbage. Insider trading is when a person uses information which is not made public to engage in stock transactions which benefit that person and do not benefit other stock holders. In this case Trump made the knowledge public and, as no stock or other valuable commodities are involved, he did not use that knowledge for personal gain at the expense of others.

Second, the “violating protocol” argument is superfluous BS as well. While many previous Presidents MAY have waited for an official release date on reports generated by executive departments, it has been traditional for these highlights of such reports to be “leaked” by low level bureaucrats to the media. Here the Prez gave us the preview of coming attractions personally.

Third, the claim that Trump violated “regulations” is totally bogus. Trump, being the head of the Executive Branch is the one responsible for enacting the regulations governing the performance of members of his branch of government. This means he can ignore any regulations not mandated by federal law or other act of Congress and can authorize anyone in his branch of government to speak, publicly, on any subject he desires. He acted well within the bounds of his authority.

What tees off the media is:
1) the jobs report is hugely favorable to Trump and
2) Trump released this information directly to the public, thereby denying the media the ability to look clever by claiming to have ferreted out “hidden” information.

In other words, Trump made them look bad. And THAT is what really frosts their cookies.

    Milhouse in reply to Mac45. | June 3, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Hang on a sec. The president cannot ignore regulations. Regulations have the force of law, and bind everyone, including the president. But nobody’s even alleging that this broke any kind of regulation. The farthest anyone’s gone is a directive by President Reagan, which of course is not a law, and which Trump is free to ignore. Not that he did so, but he could.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Milhouse. | June 3, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Nor is he the first president to do so.

      Mac45 in reply to Milhouse. | June 3, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      No, regulations ONLY have the force of law IF they are enacted at the direction of a law or other act of Congress OR an act of Congress provides a criminal penalty for a specific regulation. In this case, my statement was: “Trump, being the head of the Executive Branch is the one responsible for enacting the regulations governing the performance of members of his branch of government. This means he can ignore any regulations not mandated by federal law or other act of Congress and can authorize anyone in his branch of government to speak, publicly, on any subject he desires.” Notice the phrase “… regulations governing the performance of members of his branch of government…” and “This means that he can ignore any regulations not mandated by federal law or another act of Congress…”.

      All departments within the US Government can establish regulations, which control employee behavior. Unless there is an act of Congress which makes violating a specific regulation a criminal offense, then there is NO violation of law for violating that regulation. The Executive branch can establish a regulation which makes it an offense, punishable by administrative action including dismissal, to commit an action without authorization from superiors.

        Milhouse in reply to Mac45. | June 3, 2018 at 5:05 pm

        I don’t think those are regulations. They’re orders, directives, procedures, instructions.

        Regulations, as far as I know, are only those that implement Congress has authorized the executive to make, in order to implement a law it has passed. Therefore there’s a procedure for making them and for changing them, and the president is bound by them.

          Mac45 in reply to Milhouse. | June 3, 2018 at 7:49 pm

          No, policy which regulates the behavior of employees are regulations. They are internal regulations and do not subject violators to criminal action, unless such action is authorized by law or a Congressional act.

          What you are doing is conflating regulations which govern the internal working of an agency and its power to regulate the actions of those not within the agency. Both are regulations, but only the latter requires congressional authority.

          As to the President being bound by internal regulations, this is only true if those regulations are specifically set by Congress. If the Chief Executive is authorized to create such regulation for his underlings, then he can do pretty much whatever he wants, in that regard.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | June 3, 2018 at 9:54 pm

          We seem to be in complete agreement about the substance so there’s no point in arguing about terminology.

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