"I don't give them Hell, I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell." - Harry Truman
The quote comes from an incident that took place during the 1948 Presidential election campaign. Whilst in Harrisburg, Illinois, Truman delivered a speech attacking the Republicans. During the speech a supporter yelled out "Give 'em Hell, Harry. Truman replied, "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell." Subsequently, "Give 'em Hell, Harry!" became a lifetime slogan for Truman supporters.
Franklin D. Mitchell traces the major contours of journalism during the lifetime and presidency of Truman. Although newspapers and newsmagazines are given the most emphasis, reporters and columnists of the Washington news corps also figure prominently for their role in the president's news conferences and their continuing coverage of Truman and his family. Broadcast journalism's expanding coverage of the president is also explored through chapters dealing with radio and television.
There's a rule of thumb in literary circles that about 15 years must pass after the death of a major writer before his revival gets under way. First there are the eulogies, then the period of neglect, and finally the new paperback editions and the reevaluations by campus gurus. If a similar process applied to politics, then Harry Truman might have been revived in 1967 not 15 years after his death, but 15 years after he left the White House. and just in time to head Richard Nixon off at the pass.The entire show is too long for the faint hearted but an excerpt may help explain the contentious relationship between politicians and the media.However this excerpt show how Harry dealt with the press when they attacked his daughter's music abilities.
Harry Truman to Music Critic Paul Hume "Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"
( August 8th, 2017 @ 7:21 am )
Stan, no doubt that he may be the right man at the right time. His actions are much more important than some of his outburst. Even a child or adolescent who is an outstanding student, athlete or does some heroic deed still needs responsible guidance. Our president just needs to act up to his potential. I wish him great success in his quest to restore America.
Bobby Tony said:
( August 7th, 2017 @ 8:38 am )
Great points. The problem with both Nixon and Trump is that they are not likable people. Both have or had a flawed EGO and were overly concerned with their image. Ronald Reagan on the other hand had no problem with his Self-Esteem and happily let the "Doddering Old Senile Man" persona play out in the media while he focused on his goals of changing America back to his vision.
Nixon, Trump and perhaps McCain have or had unresolved anger issues that cloud their judgement and cause them to focus on their own Rowboat instead of the Ship of State. I often wonder how many of the over 50 voters (younger ones will not even remember Reagan) really voted for Trump out of a sense of Nostalgia for Reagan promises and overlooked the bombast of Trump.
I have no real interest on Trump's legacy but I do have a strong interest in the direction of out country. For now Trump is the Captain of the ship and he has assembled a competent crew to assist him in the voyage. Let's hope he steers clear of the icebergs. (I know, too many metaphors for one comment)
"How does Donald (Trump) compare to Ronald (Reagan)? - BBC Newsnight" Here is a Fifteen Minute review of the two men.
Stan Deatherage said:
( August 6th, 2017 @ 1:06 pm )
I don't dispute your assessment, and I pray that John Kelly will keep the President on track, but: Can you imagine if you never been a politician before, and the next thing you know after November 8th is that you are president, and then the Democrat Media lights into you nonstop with Fake News mixed with real negative issues that Obama would have never faced?
No Democrat president has ever faced this level of unprincipled abuse, and no Republican either, except, maybe, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
Bobby Tony said:
( August 6th, 2017 @ 10:23 am )
Dictated on the iPhone so may not have complete clarity of though.
I don't disagree with your assessment at all, but I am finding more antidotal evidence amount my circle (mostly conservative) of a shift in the good will away from this Drum Major. If the band loses track of the musical score, both he and the country maybe toast.
I estimate that his solid base is at best 40% The opposition's solid base is about 40%. That leaves 20% that are somewhat ambivalent or at least within persuasive territory.
That 20% broke down roughly half and half which left neither side with a clear majority mandate.
If the deal maker spent more time persuading that 20% he may gather more than a 52/48 vote in the senate.
If Trump can get past his own EGO and stop denigrating the "RINO"s who at least lean his way, he might gain a few supporters who will sway their Democrat senators. Who the hell cares what the media thinks anymore? Their position is cast along clear ideological lines.
People vote on emotions as much if not more than reason. Senators vote with an eye on the wind sock.
I think LBJ gave the best summation.
Stan Deatherage said:
( August 6th, 2017 @ 9:21 am )
Sarge, as dysfunctional as Trump may seem, he may very well be the right man, in the right job, at the right time.
There is change occurring irrespective of the obstructionist Democrats.
( August 5th, 2017 @ 7:30 am )
Yes, Trump is going toe to toe with media, and anyone else who disagrees with him. Unlike a lot (specifics unknown) of people, I don't think he wishes to crush the main stream media, they are doing that on their own. I agree with more of his policies than I agree with his twit tweets. Golly gee, wouldn't it be nice to have an adult back in the White House. (no vote here, it could be rigged)
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