Feeding the Bigly Ego, twice a day
Wed Aug 9, 2017 10:26am

This is so ... pathetic.

By Alex Thompson Aug 8, 2017

Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 a.m. and the follow-up, around 4:30 p.m. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer both wanted the privilege of delivering the 20-to-25-page packet to President Trump personally, White House sources say.

These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, don’t contain top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.

("Who's a GOOD boy? Who's a GOOD boy?" "Me? Is it me?" "YES!, Yes you are! You're my GOOD boy!")

One White House official said the only feedback the White House communications shop, which prepares the folder, has ever gotten in all these months is: “It needs to be more f---ing positive.” That’s why some in the White House ruefully refer to the packet as “the propaganda document.”

The process of assembling the folder begins at the Republican National Committee’s “war room,” which has expanded from 4 to 10 people since the GOP won the White House. A war room — both parties have one regardless of who’s in the White House — is often tasked with monitoring local and national news, cable television, social media, digital media, and print media to see how the party, its candidates or their opponents are being perceived.

Beginning at 6 a.m. every weekday — the early start is a longtime war room tradition — 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.

White House staffers then cull the information, send out clips to other officials, and push favorable headlines to a list of journalists. But they also pick out the most positive bits to give to the president. On days when there aren’t enough positive chyrons, communications staffers will ask the RNC staffers for flattering photos of the president.

“Maybe it’s good for the country that the president is in a good mood in the morning,” one former RNC official said.

Contacted by VICE News, Spicer disputed the nature of the folder. “While I won’t comment on materials we share with the president, this is not accurate on several levels,” he said in an email. Asked what about the story was inaccurate, Spicer did not respond.

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Really? He needs this twice a day??

    • WOW... just WOW...Sia☺giah, Wed Aug 9 1:21pm
      Pathetic is absolutely appropriate...
    • "On the eve of war, tributes are paid to the Dear Leader's silver tongue and godlike wisdom. Wonder what's happening in North Korea."
      • His first cabinet meeting was revealingJeeves, Wed Aug 9 1:06pm
        Reince Priebus: “On behalf of the entire senior staff around you, Mr. President, we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people.... more
    • Ask not...Pikes, Wed Aug 9 11:18am
      Racist bigotry appears manifest in about 29% of the population, who coincidentally elected Trump. He is their leader, and their representative. Through him and them, the US presents itself as a... more
    • The Stench...Amadeus, Wed Aug 9 11:15am
      This is tangential, but it interested me. As I read the story and got to the Sean Spicer line, my first thought was, "Of course, he's lying." And I didn't just think "lie," but rather, "bald-faced,... more
      • Would you want to work in this administration? Of 577 key positions requiring Senate confirmation …... more
        • What is Trump?Pikes, Wed Aug 9 11:59am
          Financial markets HATE instability, and when Trump produces his first budget, the Russian problem and possibly even the NK problem may be replaced as top concerns as people face the first significant ... more
          • An exampleJeeves, Wed Aug 9 1:32pm
            Not a GOOD example, but still, an example.
            • Ain't that the truth!Pikes, Thu Aug 10 6:12pm
              Yet, Obama wasn't a great speaker, and didn't give great speeches.
              • Re: Ain't that the truth!Jeeves, Thu Aug 10 9:36pm
                He did, however, speak coherent thoughts in complete sentences.
                • Trump may read poorly too. Pikes, Thu Aug 10 11:18pm
                  I am uncertain Trump reads particularly well, and that is based on his speeches. He doesn't appear to follow any kind of a script. If he has one, he leaves it at will. Such a deviant is sometimes... more
            • It's a GREAT example... (nm)Sia☺giah, Thu Aug 10 2:32am