Michael Schmidt is a reporter for the New York Times.
Everything in his book is something he could have reported for the New York Times when it was timely. https://t.co/wBOpSkeVrZ
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) August 31, 2020
And the NYTimes is only too happy to cross-promote the ‘savvy’ of both their reporter and his employer:
… Schmidt, a New York Times correspondent in Washington who was part of two teams that won Pulitzer Prizes in 2018, including one for coverage of Trump’s Russian-inflected scandals, portrays an administration in which all aides may as well always have a resignation letter ready as a safeguard against an angry, flailing president detached from commonly accepted reality. This is a meticulously reported volume that clearly benefits from the author’s extraordinary access to many of the relevant characters, but also from his subjects’ tendency to record, in detail, their time around Trump…
The narrative is sometimes cinematic. It opens with Schmidt chasing down McGahn outside the White House’s front gates and eventually getting him to concede, “I damaged the office of the president; I damaged the office.” It’s a breathtakingly revealing admission from the White House’s chief lawyer and the architect of Trump’s effort to appoint as many conservative judges as possible. (Schmidt says, “I thought he was still understating the gravity of what he had done.”)
McGahn, a staunch libertarian, was frequently in over his head with the lawless president he nicknamed “King Kong,” and he struggled with his highly unusual extended contact with Mueller’s team. Still, despite getting close to resigning, McGahn stuck around far longer than his apparent misery and frequent attempts at principled stands would suggest, largely because of his judicial project’s success. It was only after Trump granted a woman clemency at Kim Kardashian’s request that McGahn knew he truly had to leave the White House. He could no longer abide the accumulation of Trump’s actions…
Lawlessness, meh. But Kim Kardashian?!? — ewwww!
… Comey was always deeply interested in maintaining his and his agency’s public credibility — especially after his wildly controversial intrusions into the 2016 campaign over Hillary Clinton’s emails. After he was fired by Trump, he text-messaged a friend: “I’m with my peeps (former peeps). They are broken up and I’m sitting with them like a wake. Trying to figure out how to get back home. May hitchhike.” It’s just one example of the clearly extensive access Schmidt had to Comey and his wife.
“Donald Trump v. the United States” is full of gritty details about what it’s like for a plugged-in journalist to report on Trump’s intrigue, ranging from the time Schmidt shepherded a valued source to and from the airport, to his learning, secondhand, about a Justice Department official soliciting dirt on Comey at a Cinco de Mayo party. At one point, Schmidt writes, he shattered his cellphone and didn’t fix it for a week because there was too much news; he ended up with pieces of glass in his hands.
More interesting, however, is the constant flow of shocking anecdotes: Schmidt writes that Mitch McConnell fell asleep during a classified briefing on Russia, for example…
But the journalistic stigmata! Such a cinematic detail!
Also from @nytmike’s forthcoming book!
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) August 30, 2020
Some tidbits from @nytmike's new book: McGahn, a staunch libertarian, was frequently in over his head with the lawless president he nicknamed “King Kong,” and he struggled with his highly unusual extended contact with Mueller’s team. https://t.co/OgHu47pnhw
— Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) August 31, 2020
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein concluded the FBI had not cleared the threshold needed to conduct a counterintel investigation into the president's ties to Russia. Rosenstein believed the FBI had acted far to hastily to open investigation as it grieved firing of director Comey.
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) August 30, 2020
Following up on Michael Schmidt's alarming account, on the bookshelves Tuesday, Rod Rosenstein is proven to have protected Trump from evidence he was a Russian agent. https://t.co/9Mv0KxC3jv
— Harland Gundlefinger (@Gundlefinger16) August 30, 2020
It sure seems as though the White House has been less than transparent about this episode and reporters should be asking a lot more questions about it. https://t.co/XTbOwT5AS8 pic.twitter.com/pQ0EEdzFVJ
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) August 31, 2020
Again, if this is actually in that book, it's not just unconscionable to wait to tell us…it's borderline treasonous. https://t.co/QqFoxc8Amz
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) August 31, 2020
It amazes me that no one in the media really picked up on the timing between the surprised Walter Reid visit and Trump’s revelation last month that he “recently” took another dementia exam.
Anyone who reads this book has an affirmative duty to do so by pirating a copy. The fucker. The greedy, unpatriotic fucker. Schmidt, not Shitlord. Schmidt.
@Keith P.: Oh hah. That seemed so damn obvious. I mean, who gives their boss a dementia exam, unless something acute makes it necessary?
ETA: but still doesn’t excuse the media for not making it crystal-clear the connection.
Be careful of that Lise Horton tweet. Schmidt does not say it was a stroke.
Considering transferring responsibilities to Pence could have been for many medical reasons.
For a bit, I was seeing the stroke idea amplified on Twitter, but right now it looks to me like people have caught it.
All that access to make money.
grifters helping grifters. Helping them to polish their image after supporting and enabling trump.
@Cheryl Rofer: well. I go under anesthesia for routine physicals All the time.
Fuck all these motherfuckers who went along with this shit so they could write a fucking book.
All of them should have a fucking printing press dropped on them.
ETA – oh, and as always, FUCK RICK WILSON!
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Edmund Dantes: I know somebody who would know if it’s SOP for the Veep to be told to be on stand-by during the POTUS’ routine physical
First thing that popped into my head.
@Edmund Dantes: I have no doubt that it was something fairly serious. But we still don’t know exactly what.
The thing I don’t understand is what the NYT gets out of these deals. Like, any software I develop is “work done for hire” for my employer, and if I wanted to have a commercial side project, I’d have to arrange it with them even if it wasn’t during work hours. So the NYT is losing valuable news work that is some using contacts developed as part of regular reporting. They’re not getting a cut of the book. So how does this work for the company financially?
Reminder that James Risen gave the NYT a reported story of W’s illegal extra-FISA communication surveillance of Americans, and the NYT spiked that story until well after the 2004 elections.
ROFLMAO! Like Dump doesn’t know he’s a traitorous shitstain who’s been the Kremlin’s bitch since at least 1987!
I admire your professional caution.
In the days since whatever the event was, we’ve seen Trump
I mean, if he was going to his original doctor, I’d believe a routine physical might involve drugs that could render him unconscious, but Walter Reed? No way.
@Cheryl Rofer: It seems most likely to me that it was a TIA – not technically a stroke – so they can deny it all they want without saying what it really was.
But, as you say, we really don’t know.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@joel hanes: also the big wobble as he got on stage in New Hampshire just a few days ago
I linked to the twitter search so y’all could see, if you want to, Jim Hoft argue that this was a brilliant troll of Dems and the media
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: The Jim Hoft? The Stupidest Man on the Internet?
Hot! Dog! HARD PASS!
West of the Rockies
OT, but I am astounded that Piggy Pompeo actually thinks he could be President. He is so manifestly arrogant and condescending, in addition to being homely and without charm.
Is it irresponsible to speculate? It is irresponsible not to.
Strokes?? My pool pick was on clogged cardiac arteries. Damn.
We’ll watch Trump go down in the election and completely lose it. That is when he’s going to be the most dangerous.
A transient ischemic attack is essentially a mini-stroke, but like a stroke, it’s a cerebral event, so that’s my guess as to what this is as well. But although they’re not as serious as strokes, people who have one frequently have several, which compounds the damage. I doubt he’ll live four more years, whether he’s re-elected or not.
When do the drug tests take place?
@Cheryl Rofer: Were the quoted words “cerebral event” in that tweet an actual quote from a source? If so, that would certainly narrow things down a bit. Concussion, stroke, aneurysm, subdural hematoma (my son had one of those once that landed him in the hospital) – maybe other things but I can’t think what.
@West of the Rockies: Pompeo is our Hermann Göring. Prone to excess in food, drink and luxury spending (see Pompy’s wifey) and nurses the delusion of succeeding his master. Göring actually tried to take over when Hitler was going terminal in the bunker, so Hitler ordered him arrested; not much happened in the chaos. After the Americans caught him, they broke him of his morphine addiction and put him on a strict diet to get his weight down enough to allow him to be hanged without decapitation. Looked pretty good at Nuremberg trials. He got one of the guards to smuggle in his personal effects, including a poison capsule he used to kill himself.
@Another Scott: Until I saw the problems with balance, I thought it was a TIA.
Imbalance is a sign of permanent debilitation, and a precursor of things to come.
My dad had a TIA, a ministroke, and then a full-on stroke. The effects of the TIA were gone within 10 days. The ministroke left him with a slumping shoulder and weakness in his grip. The stroke left him with aphasia and multiple problems including balance, which required months of physical, occupational and speech therapy plus permanent revocation of his drivers license.
In my opinion, Trump had a ministroke. No permanent blockage to any brain arteries, but permanent damage nevertheless.
Watergirl, you around?
Juanita uncharacteristically buries the lede, but the second half of this posting on her blog explains how to do the most political damage possible to the GOP for the least amount of money, by flipping the Texas statehouse.
A few dollars can make a big difference in a state legislative campaign, in a way that’s just not possible for non-millionaires in national politics. In two of these districts, the Dem challenger lost by less than 1% of the vote in 2018.
And Texas is the big enchilada. If it flips blue, that’s it for the GOP’s presidential fortunes for a while.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it:
As usual, should you or any of your people be apprehended in the course of this mission, the Secretary will disavow all knowledge of your activities.
ETA: here’s the link to the maps
Every time I read about the NYT they stoop to a new low. In my google news feed there is a opinion piece “Joe Biden had better watch it” from them. Can’t/won’t click through to read, but with headlines like that you know its filled with Serious Journalism.
@West of the Rockies: Pompeo believes that being the former congressman from Koch Industries Wichita qualifies him to be President.
@West of the Rockies:
~glances at the current president~
West of the Rockies
I’d be okay with such an end for Piggy.
really adore the concept that WE as citizens have to watch what we retweet and link to on our facebook pages for fear of spreading disinformation regarding the leaked output that national reporters are sitting on, that if published, as reporters are supposed to do, could actually have an impact on the daily discussion of what takes place nationally as it exposes all manner of lawbreaking from lying to the public or actual outright treason.
Sedation and general anesthesia are different levels of being knocked out. As others have said, there are routine reasons for sedation, like a colonoscopy (outpatient). It might also be done for an unplanned intervention that could be urgent, if not a true emergency, like a cardioversion (electric shock to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, also generally outpatient). With sedation, one is out for a couple of hours, counselled not to try to sign NATO treaties and the like for the rest of the day, and be accompanied home by a companion. While you’re out, you might be able to respond to questions or direction from the doctors or nurses. This isn’t true of general anesthesia, which would be needed for surgery.
So if the terminology being used is correct, he was evaluated for something surgical like maybe a stroke or heart attack, or maybe just his appendix or something. But even if they just meant sedation, having a standby for several hours would be prudent.
From what we’ve heard about the medical readiness of the White House, outpatient sedation type procedures could probably be done there, even the cardioversion.
West of the Rockies
Point taken, but Trump (at least in ’16) had a certain amount of TV sense. Pompeo seems to be pure thirst for power with zero charisma. Of course, the same could be said for Cruz, Cotton, et al.
@West of the Rockies: So, he’s a combo of Trump and Cheney?
@Cheryl Rofer: On the one hand, I respect your caution. On the other, they’ve been the opposite of forthcoming about this so fuck ‘em. Let them deny it was a stroke.
@piratedan: Back when I was a newspaper copy editor on the news side, I once got in trouble for writing a piece, gratis, about a couple of Sam Fuller movies that’d been newly released on home video for an obscure online site that a friend of mine had started up. I guess I should have been at the NYT if I wanted to do serious double-dipping.
@clay: “Lots of people are saying he maybe had a stroke, which is OK, but it’s just something people are saying.”
O/T but the coyotes are very vocal this evening. Something is going on in the woods tonight.
The NY Times has always been a Republican paper in a Democratic city.
Their credibility comes from once having the most expansive and serious coverage national and international issues, and deciding what was “culture” approved for the elites.
It didn’t hurt that NY Republicans before D’Amato weren’t bug-fuck crazy.
The “liberal NYT” meme was started by national Republicans (aka already soaking deep in the crazy juice).
Who do you think convinced the national media that Giuliani and Bloomberg were serious people when people living in NYC referred to him as “the fascist Giuliani” in the early 90’s.
When the tide goes out and the rock is on the beach, being sad the rock doesn’t ride the tides is a bit too wishful.
The American Way
“Don’t Be A Sucker”, Department of Defense, 1947
@MomSense: We should all celebrate September by howling in the woods.
@tokyokie: I hear ya… just the motherfucking hubris of it all… it’s like did you become a journalist to write the stories that needed to be seen by the public or is it just a way to make a buck and fuck any and all other considerations
the shit that you’ve sat on could lead to the shaming of the goddamn GOP to maybe impeach the sonofabitch, not led to all of the ratcheting up of race issues as people continue to get emboldened by this asshole and here you are waiting to tell your story for the sake of getting paid above and beyond the fucking country burning down around you.
Once again when Trump speaks it’s all projection.
The latest is planes full of black-uniformed thugs heading to a particular city, or away from that city, it’s unclear.
And a reminder that as we maintained Jim Crow during the war the Canadians were on the front lines as well.
Punch a fucking Nazi when you can.
Major David Currie
Special place in hell for these people. You can bet none of them have to worry about having health insurance for a sick child, or where they are going to get money to feed their family because both parents lost their jobs.
This reminds me. The Anonymous guy promised in his book to come out publicly before the election.
@joel hanes: Yes, I agree with this. Simply ungerrymandering Texas would pretty much give the Dems the House for quite a while.
Would need to flip 4 senate seats and 9 house seats. Not impossible, but not easy either.
@West of the Rockies:
Now who does that remind me of…?
Speaking of a cerebral event, has Trump had a TIA or a drug mis-dosing? It sounds like the Black Helicopters were inside his thoroughly addled noggin tonight on Laura Ingraham.
This is good for a chortle.
West of the Rockies
Does anyone remember chortling?
Because early money has much greater leverage than money contributed at this late stage of the cycle, I wish Juanita had done this quite a bit earlier. (She was busy doing GOTV in all the other counties of Texas. Some of us helped with that.)
But there’s no time like the present.
@West of the Rockies:
Tahoe the bear cub remembers.
As does Pepperidge Farm
@West of the Rockies: sorry… was busy working on my rueful smile……
@West of the Rockies:
Does anybody remember laughter?
Done with an air of insouciant inscrutability?
Also, for a blog populated by the learned, the excellent, the impactful and serious, John Thompson passed away.
And extraordinary man bringing up extraordinary men.
I keep reading that, and re-reading that, trying to get it to make sense.
“The President of the United States of America has business ties to Russia. Lemme think here, do we *really* need to know about this? Could it *really* have any effect on our national security?”
I’m not the crazy one here, right? I mean, not crazy *over this* (since you’re going to be *mean* about it!).
No, I think you’ve got it. Just like < snap > that we were supposed to think that ties to Russia that would have brought to a crashing end any other Presidency since about 1920 were just routine, humdrum business.
@West of the Rockies: That’s what you do after your son slays the Jabberwock and galumphs home safely!
nope, you are sane.
@Manxome Bromide: Oh frabjous day! Calloo! Callay!
We should all celebrate September
A moment of feel-good, because I could use one
@joel hanes: by howling in the woods! It’s the only way to be sure.
ETA – Ok, some Earth, Wind and Fire works too.
I was at the Strawberry Music Festival at Camp Mather just outside Yosemite one year when, during a break between groups in a late-night set, the full moon rose over the Sierra crest to the east.
Maybe 2500 middle-aged hippies howled at the moon, full throated, for a couple minutes.
@joel hanes: Excellent.
@joel hanes: Or you could just give a donation to the Texas Democratic Party. They have been pursuing a Red to Blue state house strategy since the beginning of the year:
Texas Democrats Announce 22 Targeted State House Districts Ahead of 2020
There is a list of the 22 targeted districts in this article from January, though I am pretty sure they have whittled the list down to 18-20 races now. I saw a tweet last week where the head of the state Democratic party had announced their internal polling showed Democrats held the lead in a supermajority of these districts.
Texas also has its own state version of Cook Political Reports called Texas Election Source. Here is their Texas state house ratings as of July 19 (its a subscription service so I don’t know if they’ve put out anything more recent).
Last but not least, the Texas Dems kicked off a hugely ambitious voter registration drive yesterday (in coordination with the Biden & MJ Hegar campaigns) targeting 1 million unregistered TX residents who are Dem leaning.
Anyways, I think most folks (who are not from TX) will find it a lot easier to make a one stop donation to the state party rather than taking the time to research individual state house races. And I say this as someone who lives in MO but has given to Akilah Bacy in TX HD-138 as well as Christian Menefee who is running for Harris County Attorney.
The Times, like any ol’ print rag, makes its money from advertising revenue. Specifically, big-time New York real estate clients. Some of whom I had to service in my former life at an agency. They are all criminals of varying degrees of severity.
Pence clearly dreams that his path to the presidency is divine intervention. He’s probably got a better chance at that as Trump’s VP than Kamala Harris would as Biden’s.
@joel hanes: thank you for painting that mental picture for us. I needed that
The “consequences” of this is the NYTimes is more profitable than ever and the reporter who covered Clinton signed a multi-million dollar book deal and tv series contract:
Has Kay commented on this yet?
She nailed this shyt long ago
FWIW I always thought it was a stroke, or maybe a series of small strokes. They have a fully equipt trauma center at the WH. He had to be going to Reed for something they don’t have there and that suggested a great big MRI machine or something like that.
I have to say though, given what’s transpired I wonder how many people are going to want to watch a “rollicking account of Clinton’s pursuit of the presidency”.
It was all still fun and games when Trump was first elected, back when he was an exciting, norm-busting maverick who would “shake things up”. As he said himself, “what do you have to lose?”
It’s much, much more dark now. Not so rollicking anymore. Turns out we had a lot to lose.
The President is delusional and a paranoid nut job, but the thugs he hires are real so someone should look into who and what they are “investigating” regarding BLM, which he mentions specifically as political enemies they are targeting.
@Redshift: Russian oligarchs are most capable of keeping the Times afloat in exchange for… considerations.
I’m amazed that this thread has been up for almost eight hours, and there’s no “FTFTFNYT” or equivalent. Times-fatigue?
Drezner says: “It sure seems as though the White House has been less than transparent about this episode…”
“Less than transparent?” They flat-out lied about it, like they do about everything else. The only thing transparent about the Trump crime cartel is their criminality.
@Princess: You need a CT scan with contrast material circulating in your veins and arteries to determine if a stroke is from a burst vessel bleeding inside the brain, or a blood clot restricting blood flow to a region of the brain. The drugs given to treat a stroke are determined by the results of the CT scan; giving the truly remarkable clot busters that save from so much damage now to someone has is having a bleeding stroke is very, very bad, so I suspect tRump got a CT scan at Walter Reed and some clot busting treatment. They wouldn’t have been able to hide the treatment required for a bleeding stroke.
I’m just amazed tRump has yet to talk about what a bizarre experience getting a CT scan is but it probably scared him enough and we know he thinks of any medical issue as a sign of weakness so maybe that’s why he hasn’t blurted out something about it.
@mrmoshpotato: My 23 year old daughter began howling during Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves in London” as it was playing in the car a few weeks ago.
Boris Rasputin (the evil twin)
@Nettoyeur: You’re giving me a strange form of hope here. I like it.
Thanks. I hit the TDC for a little. Wish all currently-red states had state Dem parties as vigorous as the TX Dems seem to be.
I still like the Juanita stuff because grassroots.
Every other HILLARY”S E-MAILS story in 2016 was written by this shit-heal. Who was pulling his chain back then. It has never been explained. Who is pulling his chain now. Who the fuck knows? I wouldn’t trust that weasel as far as I can throw him. Just because he is saying things that make Trump look bad. Hell, everything makes Trump look bad. This guy is poison.
@joel hanes: Very late seeing this – I just sent you an email message to the address you use for BJ.