Brian Karem

Brian Karem

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America is Open For Business!

artofmoneygetting rg 1506 librivoxAmerica is open for business.
How refreshing. The United States of America, according to the President of the United States is one giant Walmart ready to do business with the world.
That’s the message he’s taking with him to Davos this week, but the world isn’t listening.

Once the world was much larger

DSuDmbIWAAAiwxK.jpg largeI don’t wish to anger anyone but this latest government shutdown has taught me something I long suspected, but now know for a fact – most people have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to our government though they think they do. They just want to preach.
I cover politics, and have for years, and I don’t know. But I want to and I speak with politicians daily to find out what’s going on.
Others do not and still tell me they know more than I do – though I often times possess first hand knowledge they do not have.
I cannot tell you the number of times people have told me what was said in the White House briefing room – though I was there and they were not.
I smile and often just ignore those claims though they seem to be as valid as walking into a doctor’s office with no training and diagnosing what’s wrong with the patient.
But that’s not all that bothers me.

Truth to Power - Part R2 Deux too

trumpnmeDuring the last year, President Donald Trump has had one solo news conference. One.

No other president has ever had fewer in the modern era. Ronald Reagan, a man also notoriously known for trying to control the message by limiting his interaction with the press had about a half a dozen news conferences during the same time span.

Presidential supporters like to say the president has circumvented the press by talking directly to the public via his multitude of insulting, demeaning and error-ridden tweets. What he's really done is conducted a sermon through his twitter account and has avoided any accountability to the American people with that move.

For, let's be honest, it isn't just The New York Times and CNN in the press room, there are a variety of reporters from a multitude of media organizations around the world - some who view the president favorably - who are not getting to question the person they've been sent to cover.

Trump controls the message, and convinces his base he is being transparent by refusing to answer questions from the public. And, by only appearing at carefully controlled rallies, he makes it nearly impossible to speak truth to power.

Somewhere between “Covfefe” and “The Bowling Green Massacre,” probably right around the time Kellyanne Conway and others decided President Trump could reside in a nation of “alternative facts,” and definitely after Sean Spicer told us Trump’s inaugural audience was the largest in history, speaking truth to power became irrelevant to the president.
Mind you many of us still care about facts. Despite being labeled an “Enemy of the People,” and a supplier of “Fake News” most reporters I know do not gleefully attempt to manipulate reality the way the president does. If we get something wrong then we correct it. And that remains our greatest strength. That’s why you know we’re not wielding the red light sabers.

Trump and the "Peculiar Institution"

IMG 0271There were many contributing factors to the Civil War, but Slavery was the root cause.
The “Peculiar Institution,” was defended by Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens in his March 1861 “Cornerstone Speech” after secession swept the South and just weeks before the Civil War began. He went so far as to say Thomas Jefferson words in the Declaration of Independence, declaring that “All men are created equal” were wrong.

Thanks for the Advice

DJi01LBXgAAHRJIA college senior showed up on my doorstop last night. He’d stepped through a time warp from 1983 and asked me if I could sit for a few questions about journalism. I agreed for there was something in the young man’s countenance which seemed agreeable though he was rough hewn and obviously suffered from senioritis. This is a recording of some of his questions and my answers:
Interviewer: Are you comfortable with accolades and accusations Mr. Karem? Some say you’re a good reporter and others say you’re a miserable hack who always makes fun of people who are better than him.

Welcome to "Trumpalot!"

IMG 0225“Hey Campers! Welcome back to our newest reality show on BreitBart Television, brought to you by Gateway Pundit.Com - Trumpalot! Starring our president - Donald J. Trump!
“This week on Trumpalot, also brought to you by Trump Tower, the letters D,J, T and perfume by Ivanka - we have our beloved King, I mean president, on the back steps of the Oval Office! Take it away Our Beloved Donald Trump!”
(There is much scattering about as 150 reporters squeeze in close to the president who has brought his favorite lap-dog Senator Mitch McConnell out for a quick look-see.)

UPDATE: President Defends Conversation: Gold-Star Mom says "I would've hung up!" on the President

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  UPDATED 12:25 p.m. with additional comments and corrections:

WASHINGTON D.C. - President Donald Trump fired back at those who say he spoke rudely to the widow of a serviceman on Tuesday.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said; didn't say it all.  She knows it.  And she now is not saying it.  I did not say what she said, and I’d like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said.  I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who was - sounded like a lovely woman.  Did not say what the congresswoman said, and most people aren’t too surprised to hear that," Trump said in a pool spray following a Senate Finance meeting today.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla) said in an interview that Trump told the widow of a serviceman killed in Niger that "he knew what he signed up for."

The mother of the serviceman also said the president disrespected the dead soldier."President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband," Cawanda Jones-Johnson told The Washington Post

 According to a source close to the president, President Donald Trump was "misunderstood" in his comments to an army widow, and only meant to console her - though an early morning tweet issued by the president bypassed his condolences to tear into Congresswoman Wilson.

"This president cares deeply. Maybe he said something that was misunderstood, but he certainly cares about fallen servicemen and women," the source said speaking on background.

It is the first indication from anyone in the administration the president misspoke when speaking with U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow Tuesday.
President Donald Trump tweeted “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
Trump’s call to Myeshia Johnson’s, who is pregnant and mother to his surviving two-year-old son and six-year-old daughter came at 4:45 p.m. before Johnson’s remains arrived at Miami International Airport on a commercial flight.
The President’s actions came after reporters in the White House press corps pressed the president Monday on why he had yet to reach out to the family of soldiers recently killed in Niger.
Saying former President Obama failed to call the family of killed servicemen, Trump walked that remark back after NBC reporter Peter Alexander pressed him on the issue.
"I will, at some point, during the period of time, call the parents and the families, because I have done that, traditionally," Trump said during a joint news conference with Senator Mitch McConnell Monday on the back steps of the Oval Office outside of the Rose Garden.

"I probably would have hung up on him," Christina Ayube said bluntly.
Ayube, a Gold-Star mother from Salem, Mass. lost her son, Army Sgt. James Ayube December 8, 2010.
Sgt. Ayube, an army medic was on patrol when an elderly man approached him and another soldier and detonated a suicide bomb that also killed the two soldiers.

Standing for Hypocrisy - tough room!

poster210x230f8f8f8 pad210x230f8f8f8.lite 1Tuesday in the White House briefing room Sarah Huckabee Sanders told us the President was joking about having an I.Q. contest with Secretary of the State Rex Tillerson – and she told the assembled reporters we needed to get a sense of humor.
I immediately said “Tough room” in my best Rodney Dangerfield impression. I got a laugh, but I didn’t do it loud enough to disrupt anything. Perhaps I should have.

Tom Petty and President Trump's ultimate con job

MC DC Wash Rinse Repeat in BW 1aAnd it's hard to say
Who you are these days
But you run on anyway
Don't you baby? – Tom Petty

The key to understanding President Trump is in realizing that nothing he or his administration does or says is as it seems.
He tells his staff they should let people think he’s crazy. His Christian spokesperson tells us it isn’t time for gun legislation that could have the very Christian outcome of saving lives because it’s time for Christian mourning of the victims from the latest and deadliest in a long line of mass murders.

The Ride of the Valkyries on the South Lawn

DK6lVU5UQAAlxhSTelling us in the Rose Garden on Tuesday that he would cut taxes “tremendously” for the Middle Class, President Donald Trump seemed satisfied he had put to bed rumors that he was putting his faith in tax cuts that would benefit the rich.
Thursday Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn said he couldn’t guarantee some middle class families wouldn’t pay more in taxes under the plan. He also said Americans are so self centered they’re only worried about how much they have to pay- not how much others (i.e. the richest) pay. “How much goes in their pockets versus how much goes to the government?” Cohn said. True, but we also want to know how much we’re paying or keeping versus how much the rich get to keep.

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