Excessive flattery

Someone is paid $89,000 to give Trump a folder of positive press about himself twice a day

It’s no secret that Donald Trump is a wee bit obsessed with the media. There’s nothing he loves more (aside from himself, that is) than telling them they’re “wrong,” “fake news,” and that he doesn’t give a damn what they say about him.

But new reporting reveals Trump’s obsession with the media is even deeper than we ever imagined. So much so that he has created a special position that requires some poor, unfortunate soul to get up every day at 6 a.m to scour the internet for positive news stories about him, which that person then prints out and places into a manilla folder that gets delivered to the president’s desk twice a day.

According to White House “leakers,” the folder is referred to by staff as “the propaganda document” and contains screenshots, tweets, news stories, and interview transcripts.

31-year-old White House director of rapid response, Andy Hemming, is the person tasked with managing the propaganda document. He spends every workday glued to the TV, keeping one eye on cable news and another on Twitter, print, and online media. In addition to sending the positive news stories to Trump, he also blasts them to a list of more than 1,000 reporters and TV pundits, who then use the reports to craft optimistic stories about Trump’s not-so-optimistic presidency.

Sounds like quite an operation.

Did we mention he gets $89,000 plus benefits to do this? Paid for by the taxpayers.

Politico reports:

There’s nothing new about an administration trying to promote its wins. But in the Trump White House, where Hemming’s job is not to discredit the mainstream media but to celebrate stories the administration likes, it can seem like he is trying to bail out a sinking boat with a teacup.

According to one White House leaker, people have been happily going along with the whole thing for months because “Maybe it’s good for the country that the president is in a good mood in the morning.”

It’ll be even better for the country when the current president is no longer the president, don’t you agree?

Related: Donald Trump is going to absolutely hate Newsweek’s latest cover

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16 Comments

  • B417301

    REALLY? I didn’t know that there was enough good news about Trump to place in a folder twice a day!!!

    • amigay

      He just takes the same news and changes the date.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      President Lahar will destroy democracy and anything else in his path.

    • GayEGO

      That is why the folder name should be TRUMP FAKE NEWS! :>)

  • KaiserVonScheiss

    Well, the main purveyors of fake news are, in fact, the mainstream media. It’s common for them and leftist outlets to straight up lie or lie by omission in order to manipulate the way we think.

    CNN, for example, have been shown to make up news stories. Like when they staged a fake Anti-extremist rally in London and used camera angles to make it look like it was a large rally when it was only a few people. Then there’s the whole thing where CNN people got caught admitting that the ‘Muh Russia’ narrative was nonsense.

    Other outlets straight up lie and falsely accuse people of being alt-right. Such is the case with Sargon of Akkad, Milo Yiannopoulos, Dave Rubin, etc.

    • Brian

      Thanks for letting us know how irrational and ignorant you are. Makes it a lot easier to ignore the trolls when you’re so obvious.

    • Mkiel

      Your brain must be smaller than that of a flea.

    • GayEGO

      Actually, Trump’s folder name should be FAKE NEWS as he is losing BIGLY!

    • DCguy

      Oh look, the troll recycles the same Buzz words that Breitbart and Fox put out.

      You can take anything these trolls write and prove it’s wrong. Lets just take one thing. Troll is trying to rewrite history and claim that Milo Yianopolous was never Alt-Right and that was a media lie.

      Gee, really? Funny then that he was being PAID to start up an Alt-Right media site

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/milo-yiannopoulos-gets-dollar12m-to-build-alt-right-media-company

      He was senior editor at Breitbart which it’s founder described as the “platform for the alt-right”.

      http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/altright-star-milo-yiannopoulos-and-what-the-movement-is-really-all-about/news-story/4992fe2499be0c845f38f42af50709c8

      But you know, keep on just randomly lying about everything, maybe somebody will believe you one day.

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      @DCguy

      Being called alt-right doesn’t make it true. You just proved my point about the media lying. Do you not see that? Milo isn’t alt-right, and he’s said that time and again. Plus, the alt-right hate him because he’s a gay Jew. They tend to dislike (((Jews))). <–See the echo. The alt-right invented it so they could identify Jews.

      Furthermore, Richard Spencer is known to have played a crucial role in trying to bring down Milo.

    • ErikO

      Exactly even this article or blog entry is fake news.

  • OzJosh

    I just hope Trump lives long enough to see the movies that will be made about him and his lunatic presidency in the not-so-distant future. They will be equal parts horrifying and hilarious, and they will give him a true indication of his legacy. My guess is he’ll be routinely referred to for centuries to come as “The Mad President” (in the tradition of Mad King George, etc).

    • Mkiel

      @ least George had s good reason ,he was ill, what’s the Dump excuse?

  • GayEGO

    I am not surprised Trump would do this, but I believe the name of the Folder should be TRUMP FAKE NEWS! I do not know of any real good news about Trump, his Tweety Bird tweets are not beneficial to him.

  • paul dorian lord fredine

    don’t be so surprised because this is something that every president has done, getting morning reports. but what makes it weird is that of those compiled , the one that goes to the president (and there are two a day) is supposed to only contain 20 – 25 pages of positive news articles, screenshots from news broadcasts and transcripts of anything that has been complimentary of the president. now the REALLY weird part…if there isn’t enough of that, the folder is to be filled out with photographs of the president that show him as ‘forceful’ and ‘commanding’. check out the article posted in VICE News.

  • paul dorian lord fredine

    p.s. nothing is said of someone being hired specifically to deliver those reports, in fact they make a point of say that priebus and spicer competed (allegedly) to see who would deliver these bits of good news intended to put him/make sure in a good mood and put one of them in a position of good favor. read the article.

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