Hysterical Headlines (Funny or Absurd) for April 16th – Trump gun control emails & Comey
Bottom Line: These are the daily doses of nonsense in the media and my hot takes on them...
Excerpt: If you email President Donald Trump asking for gun control, the response might surprise you.
That’s what happened to 13-year-old Drake Speno. The Parkland student sent Trump an impassioned letter via email, urging the president to “please do something” and “start making gun laws.”
Drake, an eighth-grader at Westglades Middle, recalls the fear caused by the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High that left 17 dead. It’s the day he watched Stoneman Douglas students hopping a fence to seek shelter at Westglades, and a student’s clothes covered in blood.
The White House emailed Drake back, sending what appears to be a canned email response by the president — one that has Trump vowing to fight for people’s right “to keep and bear arms.”
The Speno family was confused: Why would the White House reply with the exact opposite of what Drake requested? A White House spokeswoman did not comment Friday.
Hot Take: I'll grant you that the autoish reply email would be well off of the point intended by the note sent by the student but what's truly special about this is that the family choose to attempt to make news out of this and the Sentinel obliged. This is a quintessential hit piece on the President. First, it's unrealistic to expect the President or any staffers to be able to appropriately address every inquiry made of him. Second, in the event a staffer screws it up it's hardly news worthy. Third how many news outlets actually cover the President's positive related stories like the personal note he sent to the boy in North Carolina who reached out to the President for help for his father who's in need of a kidney transplant? But a thirteen year old who requests "start making gun laws", and gets a pro-second amendment note back - we'll that's important. Plus, maybe a civics lesson is in order here as well. The President is literally the last place you go to "make laws". But with an education system that leaves two-thirds of students without any knowledge of the holocaust for example why should I be surprised. Btw, Sentinel is that news to you?
Comey's Description of Trump as Mob Boss Is Apt Michael D'Antonio, NY Daily News
Hot Take: Here's the irony of someone who's currently implicated, the most of anyone, in a scandal with the potential to be far bigger than Watergate drawing comparisons between the mob and the current President. And have some in the media agree. That's special.