NYLON Magazine, the bible of ‘pop culture news for today’s young women’, is all in a flap because President Donald Trump “gets briefed with flattering news about himself twice a day”.
How stupefying to the sensibilities of NYLON editors that there is enough “flattering news” about Trump with which to brief him not once—but twice—a day, or that some news sites would happily sign up for the privilege of being included in the briefing folder.
Even though NYLON, online since 1999, is mostly about fluff stuff, it boasts 1 million followers on Facebook.
There is no information on the NYLON ‘About Us’ Page since 1999, but a ‘Coming Soon’ message keeps cropping up. (Wayback Machine)
Here’s an example of how a magazine dedicated to “beauty, music and pop culture” covers the news of the day when it branches off into NEWS:
“Our very fragile president, who requested that press briefings open with letters of praise for him and has his own propaganda TV station, reportedly reads two folders full of flattering news about himself every day.” (Sarah Beauchamp, NYLON, Aug. 9, 2017)
“White House sources told Vice News that Donald Trump is briefed twice a day, once around 9:30am and again around 4:30pm, with 20 to 25 pages of “screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, [and] praise-filled news stories.
“On the days when nobody, not even Fox, has anything good to say about him, they’ll throw in photos of him “looking powerful.”
“Looking powerful” is a crime because it reduces Snowflakes to tears.
“The packet is called the “propaganda document” internally and is assembled at the Republican National Committee’s “war room,” which monitors press surrounding the president. (Nylon)
“Beginning at 6am every weekday,” Vice reports, “three staffers arrive at the RNC to begin monitoring the morning shows on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News as they scour the internet and newspapers. Every 30 minutes or so, the staffers send the White House Communications Office an email with chyron screenshots, tweets, news stories, and interview transcripts.
“That information is then compiled, and the most positive clips are given to Trump. The idea for the ego-boosting briefings came from former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who, reportedly, competed to be the one to personally deliver it to Trump.
“Priebus and Spicer weren’t in a good position, and they wanted to show they could provide positive coverage,” the official said. “It was self-preservation.
“A former RNC official told Vice that “maybe it’s good for the country that the president is in a good mood in the morning.” Now that Trump’s provoking nuclear war with North Korea, maybe they’re right.”
In the world of “beauty, music and pop culture”, it’s not Kim Jung-un doing the provoking of nuclear war, but “ very fragile” President Trump.
“The only note White House communication officials have ever received on the folder is, “It needs to be more # positive.” (Nylon)
Every president since George Washington has tried to keep on top of public relations, but Trump’s briefing gets him described as “fragile” and needing “ego boosting”.
In point of fact as CFP reader Paul Bush so aptly points out: “Obama who could count on his flattering news from the Mainstream media, didn’t need a folder”.
NYLON should stick with makeup and other serious subjects which is making them millions.
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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck.
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