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Trump’s Mysterious Friend

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Trump’s Mysterious Friend

Trump’s Mysterious Friend
August 17
17:57 2018

The fabled Rumpelstiltskin was said to be able to spin straw into gold. The tale has been around for about 4000 years – give or take a century or two – and popularized by the Brothers Grimm in 1812.

It has occurred to me that old Rumpel may have been a journalist. Certainly, the journalistic alchemy of turning news chafe into headline stories is a leading characteristic of many of today’s reporters, writers, producers, anchors, editors and columnists.

With that recognition, I am hereby proposing the establishment of the maybe prestigious “Rumpelstiltskin Award for Outstanding Achievement in News Spinning. ©” Yes, I did copyright the name of the award because I have a feeling that there will be many opportunities to present it. It would be remiss of me to launch such a dubious honor without making an initial nomination, however.

So here we go. Imagine you are viewing this occasion on your television. The stage sparkles. The audience of some of the most recognized journalists in America – and a few of their Hollywood pals — is dressed to the nines, as they say: men in tattoo-concealing tuxedoes and all those feminists objectifying themselves in gowns with plunging necklines and waist-high slits. If you are into stargazing, you can find the Hollywood ladies by the excessive amount of skin – and tattoos — their garments fail to conceal.

Now, I enter the stage with envelope in hand. Ooops! I dropped the envelope – a bit nervous, you know. Taking my place behind the podium, I announce the occasion of the Rumpelstiltskin Award for Outstanding Achievement in News Spinning. I rip open the envelop — clumsily. And then – as the orchestra plays a powerful riff (or is it a lick? No matter. You get the idea.) – I say those four words that create greater anxiety and anticipation among the gathered than a Kardashian luncheon choice – “And the winner is …”

My first AOANS goes to Kasie Hunt of MSNBC. (Where did that flash of lightning come from?)

Kasie is awarded this distinction for her diligent and aggressive efforts to break the story of the mystery man mentioned in a number of President Trump’s speeches. If you are not among those who attend each and every Trump speech, you may not be aware of some “friend” who told the president that he, the friend, is no longer in love with Paris (France, not Hilton) because “Paris is not Paris anymore.” (Hmmm. Maybe he does mean Paris Hilton). Trump has told that story several times.

Were it not for Kasie and her team at MSNBC, we would not even have been aware of this mystery person. Or maybe we would have dismissed this as a throw-away anecdotal story used to make a point. Orators do that, you know. The only hint we have to the person’s identity is Trump’s occasional reference to him as a “successful businessman.”

But wait! Kasie has proffered the argument that maybe there is no real person – that Trump just made him up like some journalists do to make a point. To advance her speculative story even further, Kasie wondered if Trump had more than this one potential imaginary playmate. Okay, she did not use the word “playmate,” but she did promise to use her best investigative skills to seek out other invented characters in Trump’s repertoire.

There is a bit of irony in Kasie’s pursuit. Isn’t much of today’s reporting, including stories by … ah … Kasie Hunt, based on “unnamed sources.”

Putting that aside, let us render our congratulations to Kasie for having taken a bit of meaningless news chafe and spinning it into a major story – a bit of journalistic gold – and thereby beating out the extensive competition to win the first ever Rumpelstiltskin Award for Outstanding Achievement in News Spinning. (Again, the lightning? What gives?)


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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. zlchmrf
    zlchmrf August 20, 17:19

    preface – I’m a Republican who knew Ronald Reagan. And I used to like Rush Limbaugh but no longer. You might guess that Trump isn’t my favorite, as his tax policies have hammered my family and my parents.

    In any case, whether you agree or not Kasie has a point. Trump’s consistent use of a fictitious person for anecdotes is not becoming for a president.

    My choices these days are simple:
    – what happens with our debt? (Trump is losing that one; predictable.)
    – what if the same thing involved Obama? in this case, you and Fox would be outraged at Obama being an outright liar.

    Reply to this comment
    FANGIRL August 20, 17:38

    EXELLENT STORY have to run will post more later!

    Reply to this comment
  3. Roji
    Roji August 20, 18:53

    May Mr. Stiltskin reign supreme. Great concept with a great spokesman.

    Keep the sarcasm alive, we really need it.

    Reply to this comment
  4. Biz
    Biz August 20, 21:24

    What a masterful piece of spin this is. My hat off to you guys. Perhaps you could write another article on “ The Art of the Spin” for poor suckers who fall for such rediculous fodder!

    Reply to this comment
  5. windharp
    windharp August 21, 17:47

    It’s good to ask “why” journalism is more entertainment than fact. Do you have an opinion on that? I’d love to hear it.

    Reply to this comment

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