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Someone just learned he needs to come to class prepared in case the teacher calls on him

Someone just learned he needs to come to class prepared in case the teacher calls on him

I’m not writing a heavy post. I’m writing about something that still has me laughing from the Trump briefing today. Hapless reporter attempted a question about oil, and got taken to school.

I just can’t bring myself tonight to write a heavy post about the economic destruction being forced on tens of millions of people based on models which are appearing, day by day, to have wildly overstated the threat of Wuhan coronavirus.

I stand by my original assessment on March 9, Swine Flu and Me:

Two things are true at the same time: Wuhan Coronavirus should be taken seriously as a public health danger, and Democrats and the media are trying to weaponize it for election purposes.

The virus is and was a serious threat, and serious measures to limit the impact were justified, but what we experienced was media-driven panic that emptied stores of toilet paper.

I don’t think I’ve ever hated the mainstream (aka anti-Trump) media more than I do now, because they are like vultures circling the country waiting to pick over the nation’s carcass to score political points. These are people who pray that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work, even if it means thousands more deaths, so that Trump is proven wrong.

But no, I’ m not writing a heavy post. I’m writing about something that still has me laughing from the Trump briefing today.

Some reporter, don’t know who he is, started to ask a question about oil. I assume he was going to ask something about Trump’s prior comments about trying to get the Saudis and Russians to work out their price war.

It didn’t go well for the reporter, which in this brief segment didnt come across as a showboating blowhard like Jim Acosta. Instead, he just wasn’t prepared. And he got taken to school.

REPORTER: Can I just check in on oil again today, I was wondering if …

TRUMP: Oil? Where is it today?

REPORTER: I was wondering if you had …

TRUMP: No, no, where is the price, give me the price.

REPORTER: I am not sure, to be honest.

TRUMP: How can you ask a question, when you don’t know the price?

REPORTER: I will look it up for you …

TRUMP: Let me just go to somebody else.

Why is it that Trump dunking on a reporter feels so satifying? It says less about Trump, and more about the media.


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Katy L. Stamper | April 7, 2020 at 9:10 pm

All these cub reporters (notice how young most of them are??) question him as though they’re sure they’re going to score a “gotcha.” Since they’re so cocksure of themselves, they verge on rudeness.

It’s satisfying to see him show them they cannot do what he does, not by a long shot.

I also loved how he dressed down Jon Karl yesterday. Well deserved.

The reporters’ lack of love for the country – or even genuine concern for it – is as plain as the noses on their faces.

And why does the White House allow foreign journalists? Get rid of ’em!

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Katy L. Stamper. | April 7, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Jon Karl?

    Is that the Communist Chinese Government Tool that the TV network ABC secretly slipped in – probably to infect everyone??????

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | April 7, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Same person I see.

      Everyone please share this fact with every one else.

      ABC’s Jonathan Karl Invites Chinese Communist Party to Attend White House Coronavirus Briefing…

      Remember when President Trump said the U.S. media were the enemy of the American people?

      Well, consider this… In another clear example of how the U.S. media will do anything in their effort to undermine President Trump, yesterday they held hands with Chinese communists.

      ABC News chief Washington DC narrative engineer Jonathan Karl is the current rotating head of the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA). The WHCA has a customary and traditional role of selecting the journalists who will participate in the White House daily briefing.

      Yesterday WHCA head Jonathan Karl invited

      a known propagandist for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)

      into the briefing room to question President Trump. However, President Trump immediately pegged the CCP propagandist and asked her directly:…

      The Last Refuge

        a known propagandist for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)

        There is no significant difference between the MSM “reporters” and the CCP propagandist.

          barbara in reply to ConradCA. | April 8, 2020 at 11:24 am

          “There is no significant difference between the MSM “reporters” and the CCP propagandist.”

          Not true – the MSM “reporters” hate America MORE. >:-(

    clintack in reply to Katy L. Stamper. | April 7, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    The problem (for them) is they get trained playing a different game.

    They’re usually chasing people around with a camera and a microphone and shouting lots of outrageous questions in the hopes of getting the person to respond or react in a way that can be edited to produce a shocking clip or soundbite.

    But that only works when they get to do the editing and leave all of the context and all of the well-handled questions on the cutting room floor.

    “Cub” reporters?

    No, they’re willing traitors: bought off cheap with a salary and their egos.

    Remember them.

    heyjoojoo in reply to Katy L. Stamper. | April 8, 2020 at 2:52 am

    noticing that… they look like college kids who just graduated from their social science courses.

I’d actually like to see them just try real questions for once and try to act like adults.
And I wish PDJT would kick them all out and start over again with real reporters and not democrat pansies pretending to be reporters. And we all know the nepotism in the media is why these idiots are on the screen.
Time to cut the cable folks.

    JOHN B in reply to 4fun. | April 7, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    They’re still whining that he won’t attend their annual dinners – and the sky didn’t fall and the public didn’t care.

    He destroys these creeps.

    mrtomsr in reply to 4fun. | April 8, 2020 at 8:38 am

    I would like to see the new press secretary bring in a group of 6th graders and let them ask questions. I believe the Country would learn more from an hour of 6th grade questions than what we are currently listening to .


JusticeDelivered | April 7, 2020 at 9:18 pm

“media-driven panic that emptied stores of toilet paper.”

The haves and have nots. Early bird got ample supplies of toilet paper, others are searching for corn cobs. Hint, soak them overnight before use.

    I just read on that people are buying chickens in bulk. Not chicken, as in ready-to-cook, but chickens.

    I’m hoping it’s just the usual Easter-time foolishness, and not something related to any other commodity shortages.

      alaskabob in reply to McGehee. | April 7, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      The old joke about raising chickens… gut keeps buying more and more until the Post Office employee asks why such big orders. The guy says he hasn’t had success… he plants them but none grow.

      ss396 in reply to McGehee. | April 8, 2020 at 11:21 am

      10 years ago (?) there were a bunch of folks in Boulder, Colorado (aka The People’s Independent Republic of Boulder) who sued to have a nearby chicken ranch shut down because of it being a smelly, noisy nuisance. It turned out that the chicken ranch had been there long before the complainants.

      “Back to nature” and “all natural” sound good on paper – to people who have never actually experienced it, but rather left it for others to experience. I’ve long stated that folks who think that we are losing touch with nature should go work on a farm for a year.

        murkyv in reply to ss396. | April 8, 2020 at 7:33 pm

        My county had to pass an ordinance 20 years ago that forbid lawsuits against farmers by homeowners for smell and dust.

        People were moving here from the city and didn’t like it when the wind shifted or the farmers were in the field and they couldn’t keep their window open

        they also required a minimum amount of land per new house to discourage development ans to insure that each home had enough lawn for at least 2 septic systems, in case and for when the first one fails

        This is some of the most fertile land in the country and doesn’t need irrigation because it was a lake 170 years ago

        That’s why it also makes it one of the worst in the country for septic systems

    Not exactly, I talked to a store clerk in late March.
    She said people ,( she had 4 ) wanted to bring the toilet paper back because it was the end of the month and they had no money for food.
    They told them! No way Jose.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to dmi60ex. | April 7, 2020 at 10:29 pm

      I’ve read reports about that.

      So glad the stores are REFUSING to take that toilet paper back.

      It would cost the stores more to take it back and restock it than they made in profits selling it I’m sure.

      PostLiberal in reply to dmi60ex. | April 8, 2020 at 9:10 am

      Solution via CraigsList: will trade toilet paper for food.

    Firewatch in reply to JusticeDelivered. | April 8, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Corn cobs are yesterday’s technology. The modern solution is the redneck bidet. Please use the hose in the back yard.

Deflector-in-chief doesn’t know the price of oil, so he wont’ answer a question about oil.

WTI at $25. Now what you gonna do about it, Mr. Jackass?

    healthguyfsu in reply to coolway. | April 7, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    The onus is on the reporter who brought a question way out of the scope of a WUHAN CORONAVIRUS press conference to have that information handy for his off topic question.

    If me typing that in all caps wasn’t enough to make your little libbie emotions run for the hills, then I think we found our reporter that just got his lesson. If you spend less time on here trying to get your gotchas and more time doing your research, Dad Trump might call on you again…one day.

    alaskabob in reply to coolway. | April 7, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    You have chosen to troll the wrong site bro. The IQ here is above your pay grade.

    Barry in reply to coolway. | April 7, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    And raggsy junior is back to prove once again, that it has the IQ of a gnat.

    Whoa… “Coolway” is a scholar.

    It’s always clownish when someone gives themselves a corny nickname they wish other people were inspired to call them.

    Give this soros/bloomberg troll his dollar for his lamebrain post (bloomberg would probably reneg on him, anyway).

    Milhouse in reply to coolway. | April 8, 2020 at 12:39 am

    Why should he do anything about it? The point is that the reporter demonstrated how little genuine interest he has in the topic, so why should his question be taken seriously?

    iconotastic in reply to coolway. | April 8, 2020 at 2:28 am

    Embrace the power of ‘and’

    amwick in reply to coolway. | April 8, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Ragspierre, is that you?

    ss396 in reply to coolway. | April 8, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Prove that the President doesn’t know the price of oil. Substantiate your accusation. Show us that you are not just making up a lie.

    (You’re safe: no one will follow up on this, and you can brag to your fellow Lib-Bots how you surely pwned those Repubs!)

    willow in reply to coolway. | April 8, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    If you followed any of the pressers, you would know that our President is quite knowledgeable about oil when the issue has come up. The pressers are about the virus. If you want to go off track, then have your facts.

It’s good to mock these traitors, but it’s not funny anymore.

It is apparent a good portion of the media, enterainment, education and politicans in our country are in the pocket off the Chinese Communists.

These people are traitors, and we no longer can indulge them as an ‘opposition party’.

If we had an attorney general instead of the apparent sessions-type swamp rat Barr seems to have become, there’d be prosecutions for sedition, espionage and Logan Act (john kerry) violations, our country would be in a different situation – instead of a daily battle with Chi-Comm agents.

It’s now established that Barr is either incompetent, timid, part of the seditionists or he has a plan that is not working (and if it does kick in, it will be too little, too late).

As for Mr. Durham: his only public prosecution has been against some guy venting his rage on adam schiff.

We need to dump Barr.

Reminded me of a scene from The Paper Chase (1973),

Professor Kingsfield:
Mister Hart, here is a dime. Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever becoming a lawyer.

James Hart:
[pause, as he is leaving the room] You… are a SON OF A BITCH, Kingsfield.

Professor Kingsfield:
Mr. Hart! That is the most intelligent thing you’ve said all day. You may take your seat.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to pfg. | April 7, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    barbara in reply to pfg. | April 8, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Normally, I hate lawyer shows, but I LOVED that show so much I did everything in my power not to miss an episode (it was either before video recorders or I couldn’t afford one).

    Kingsfield was the reason why. 😉

Katy L. Stamper | April 7, 2020 at 9:34 pm

Aside from the current situation, the surreal spectacle of cub reporters being snide to the President reveals a very small part of the price we are paying for the decline of standards and manners.

I believe Andrew Jackson said the elimination of duels would cause an increase of baseless smears and he’s been proven right – that along with Sullivan v. NYT.

SCOTUS needs to revisit libel law with regard to public figures. It unleashed sensationalism and outright lying that do not serve anyone well, including the people indulging in the lying.

How much did Maddow’s ratings fall, after her lies about Mueller were exposed by Mueller’s testimony?

An increase of dignity – including in attire – people dress so dreadfully these days!!! — would improve us.

Who said it? A country, to be loved, should be lovely.

Katy L. Stamper | April 7, 2020 at 9:36 pm

By the way, does anyone have an accurate number for Dr. Deborah Birx’s height? She doesn’t look tall, but standing next to people, she sure appears tall.

Lessons from China Virus 2020:

Our politicians had sold us out to globalism and got rich doing so.
Our msm is bought and paid for by the chicoms.
democrat governors and mayors believe they are monarchs.
democrat governors would let people die because Orange Man Bad.
Scared liberals can not believe how hard it is to buy guns and ammo.
The most valuable commodity during a pandemic? Toilet paper.
The high water mark of the obama administration economy is equal to today’s world experiencing a global pandemic and shutdown.

So much learning going on…

I know that the white house press corp is considered a prime high profile assignment for a media member and you need a high level check to get a credential, but why aren’t these networks and other media outlets sending reporters who actually have some type of medical or economic background during these times.
They could certainly ask much better questions than what we are getting right now.
Birx and Fauci along with others pat the media members on the head, “that’s a good question”, when in fact they should strive to ask nothing but good questions to the experts and the president.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to buck61. | April 8, 2020 at 1:22 am

    Because the media have none.

    The have modern journalism degrees which are degrees of ignorance and navel gazing.

    GTL in reply to buck61. | April 8, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Maybe all the knowledgeable journalists are those over 60, who are afraid of getting sick?

We have a mostly lazy media today. They don’t investigate, they assume without checking, their claims to being bias-free are laughable, and most often they get their “ideas” on how to report something based on few sources, usually right in line with the DNC.

I see so many alternative sites actually have people who look into events, sight facts with backup paperwork for their views, put together a cohesive whole with other events that happened with the same cast of characters. Our media today is a pale imitation of what we used to have with dedicated reporters. The bias will always be there, but the majority of the media doesn’t work on facts, they work on gotcha moments fed to them by the propaganda ministry, which are almost always short of facts, but filled with political agendas.

I have zero respect for the media today. At least the ones on the major networks and failing papers.

I enjoy hearing Trump taking down the reporters. They deserve what they get because they earned the contempt.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to oldgoat36. | April 7, 2020 at 10:18 pm


    The media NEVER was that great.

    Just check out how old Hollywood of the 30s, 40’s and 50’s accurately portrayed them…….

      I’ve been watching a lot of old movies through the winter, and you are absolutely right

      Can’t recall the name of it, but one with Edward G as a news publisher got a woman killed because of their reporting on an old story

    buck61 in reply to oldgoat36. | April 7, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    most of todays media do nothing but repackage some press release or act as the puppet for a high profile figure who won’t go directly on the record. They are more worried about generating content to post or broadcast instead of doing a deep dive into a subject and actually doing some research.
    We have become a nation built on sound bytes and vengeance toward your enemy, real or perceived. When the media was in cut back of labor mode, the editors, proofreaders and fact checkers were among the first to go.

    lichau in reply to oldgoat36. | April 8, 2020 at 9:55 am

    An example of a distinction without a difference. Is the MSM lying, lazy or incompetent?
    Doesn’t matter.
    I go mostly with first two.

MSM’ers: Bizarre creatures educated and credentialed far above their level of intelligence.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 7, 2020 at 10:16 pm

A bit of humor for the Professor and his Wife, and everyone else.

You’ve probably already heard this joke but just in case….

Target Store Customer: “Where are you nuts.”
Target Store Clerk: “They’re in the toilet paper aisle.”

Real life: Saturday for about only the 5th time since the new Winco (western grocer) store opened about 8 weeks back I went in for some of their mixed nuts. Curious, I went to their paper goods aisle to see if they had sanitizer, etc. (Don’t need any paper goods – was well stocked way before the DEMPANIC.)

They have toilet paper – but most in big bundles of 48 rolls in rectangular bundles that looked about 4 feet long and 3 by 3 feet to my eyes.

Along come two “Townie Girls” in their twenties delighted to see the toilet paper. They made a beeline for the big bundles but almost immediately started bemoaning about the sign “Limit One Per Customer!”

As a Winco store clerk passed me in that aisle I commented “You take your life in your hands if you stand in the toilet paper aisle!”

Odd that in the 1973-74 Oil Shock, or Crisis that the Media was constantly reporting spot shortages. Guess what the Media hyped the most as being in short supply then?


Hmmmmm……. Methinks I see a pattern…….

I don’t think I’ve ever hated the mainstream (aka anti-Trump) media more than I do now

Well, maybe. I still think the nadir of the American press was 1968, when Cronkite rescued the communists by misreporting their crushing defeat during Tet as a victory. Thanks a bunch, Walter. Wherever you are, I hope you’re being chased by 58,220 zombies.

Thanks, Professor!
I missed most of the “presser” today so I appreciate you sharing this.

I did see the president deal with the reporters yesterday including the “non-Chinese” Chinese plant.

People underestimate our president. His dealing with the reporters, to me, seems as if he is swatting flies.

It great to have someone, as the president, who understands business and once the decision is made to ramp up the economy, he has the background and experience to do it effectively.

Imagine what would happen in the White House banned all smartphones from the briefings?

When all can see that these reporters are not the best and the brightest. Heck, they’re just plain dumb. They have never had an original thought in their professional lives. Have you observed their tendency and dependency to read their questions from their smartphones while speaking to the President?

The reporters are nothing more than useful tools of their networks’ producers. To the networks, these WH Press briefings are sport.

next time somebody asks a dumb question about off label meds, Trump should ask them if you or a family member were in the hospital with little chance to recover would you refuse a treatment that may help you recover just because it hasn’t been tested for two years.

Trump let him off easy. I’ve seen execs bust balls before. It can get really ugly.

Comanche Voter | April 8, 2020 at 12:34 am

Coolway–or whoever you are–wants to ask Trump “What are you going to do about the $25 price for West Texas Intermediate Jackass?”

Oil sells in a world market–and it has been 50 years now since any US entity has been able to effectively “set the price” of oil, From the end of WWII almost to 1970 the Texas Railroad Commission set the price of WTI at $3 a barrel. Aside from price differentials for quality and location of the crude, that was the world price. The Texas Railroad Commission maintained that price level with its proration controls on crude oil production.

If you doubt me–and if you really want to know rather than just pop off, you can look the history.

After the first Arab Oil embargos and the rise of OPEC the ability of any governmental entity in the USA to control the price of oil was problematic.

Right now with world demand way down due to the effects of the corona virus–and with supply way up due to fracking and increased US production the price is going to go down. There is a real problem at hand in that the world is running out of storage space for the oil that’s being produced–but not used because of reduced demand for refined products.

So Coolway, aka “Jackass” consider the effect of supply and demand on the price of oil. There are an entire world of producers and consumers who have something to say about what that price is. Presidents, Dictators, Prime Ministers and over governmental bozos, not so much.

    thetaqjr in reply to Comanche Voter. | April 8, 2020 at 2:25 am

    What is your opinion of the Federal Government guaranteeing, saving the fracking companies? I recall the 70s, maybe Friedman pointing out that big, “essential to the economy” companies were willing to receive taxpayer handouts when on the brink of bankruptcy, but loathe to share in profits once the price was “excessive”.

    If frackers go broke, the technology itself remains, along with the skills to apply it again. It will recover when, its profitability, even as the owners, the underlying capital, changes hands.

    Please comment.

    XiJr, Mississippi Delta

      beagleEar in reply to thetaqjr. | April 8, 2020 at 2:32 am

      That makes sense, but it’s possible that the damage to the interest-rate could be such that it won’t recover. Apparently if you shut the well completely for a while, it has to be re-drilled, it won’t start up again. The investment to do that probably won’t be available because every scene investors sees the history of hemorrhaging cash before then.

        beagleEar in reply to beagleEar. | April 8, 2020 at 2:34 am

        That should be “damage to the industry”.

        Stan25 in reply to beagleEar. | April 8, 2020 at 11:03 am

        ” Apparently if you shut the well completely for a while, it has to be re-drilled, it won’t start up again. “

        Not so. When a well is out production for awhile, it resume working. All is needed in some cases, is just a simple cleaning job.

Fauci appears to be trying to take down Trump. Planted question and story.
This little weasel is trying to destroy the economy so Hillary can get a chance. He is delusional and dangerous.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to puhiawa. | April 8, 2020 at 1:31 am

    Have you seen his H.S. style gushing love letter to Hillary?

    He’s a bought troll.

    thetaqjr in reply to puhiawa. | April 8, 2020 at 2:58 am

    Trump is an asshole, self-centered blowhard; saddled with a Napoleon complex, he blusters, without a horse which he couldn’t saddle and sit astride if he had it.

    Napoleon’s law code was written by a self-centered man, but one of genius, who, notwithstanding his tyrannical nature, employed that genius in constructing law, in using elegant language and in winning active wars.

    Gen. Schwartzkopf may as well have been talking about Trump’s claim to greatness when he said of Saddam’s bragging on his own military expertise: “As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he’s a great military man, I want you to know that.”

    Trump is as full of helium as the fat, white balloon the Brits fly in his honor. He just won’t shut up. He can out-talk Putin, Xi, and Fidel. He won’t shut up. Three-four hours, like a 5-k to a seasoned marathoner. Shut up.

    Yesterday he claimed that he knew the US Constitution as well as most while loving it more than almost anybody, anywhere. God, what a bullying, pretentious bore.

    I won’t vote for any Democrat nominee. Where I live, I don’t have to vote “Trump”. I think I’ll write in Jeff Davis this time.

      mailman in reply to thetaqjr. | April 8, 2020 at 3:45 am

      Good morning Democrat voter hahahahahaha 🙂

      CommoChief in reply to thetaqjr. | April 8, 2020 at 8:42 am


      Opinions vary. Please come back in November following the election to provide us an update on your hurt feelings.

      Barry in reply to thetaqjr. | April 8, 2020 at 9:30 am

      It always amazes me how some just have to prove they are idiots, as thetaqjr is doing here.

      Clearly a lefty and they are the very definition of “idiot”.

      So let’s start with the Napoleon reference. Complete hogwash. Just nothing more to be said.

      Schwartzkopf. What a load of horseshit thetaqjr spreads here. Trump has single handedly changed the calculus in the middle east and around the world. He has the feckless Europeans paying up to NATO for the first time, the terrorist countries in the middle east know they cannot get away with business as usual anymore, and Israel knows it has an American president it can depend upon for support without politics.

      Trump has confronted our biggest enemy, recognizing them as such, China.

      And he does know the constitution, and adheres to it.

      The only helium here is yours, thetaqjr. Combined with horseshit.

      Demonized in reply to thetaqjr. | April 8, 2020 at 9:38 am

      You got a lot of wedgies back in grade school, didn’t you.

Howie Carr at the Boston Herald wrote a great column today speaking to the ineptitude of today’s press corps.

“In 2016, Barack Obama’s former bus driver, a failed short-story writer named Ben Rhodes, described to The New York Times how easy it had become to manipulate the White House press corps.

“The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. They literally know nothing.”

Just imagine how awesome President Trump’s second term pressers will be. No more re-election to contend with. Just settling scores.

David R. Graham | April 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm

Vultures, yes, but IMO also hyenas, who make and partially consume the carcass vultures pick clean.

I have come to think that these personalities, in media, schools, politics, medicine, law, etc., are not more profound than hell-raisers. They have ideologies and visions, phrases and arguments, but inside any of those that they use are the simple and simplistic impulses of a hell-raiser. Nothing more profound than that. Cussedness-filled hell-raisers.