Saturday, February 9, 2019

The State Of The Union: A Tale Of Two Speeches

February 5, 2019
United States House of Representatives Chamber
State of the Union Address

President Trump: “…distinguished members of the House, special g-“

MSNBC: “We promise the viewers we’re going to fact check that.”

President Trump: “…when American troops risked their lives in the D-Day invasion nearly 75 years ago…”

CNN: “We want to let our viewers know we will be fact checking Trump’s claim as quickly as we can.”

President Trump: “ …a cancer survivor at 10 years old. You are an inspiration to us all…”

NBC: “Our viewers should know, we will be fact-checking Trump’s claims all night long, including this one.”

President Trump: “…one of the men who first planted our flag on the moon, Buzz Aldrin is here with us tonight…”

ABC: “We should interrupt here to assure our viewers that we will be actively and vociferously fact-checking what Trump is saying here tonight. This claim is no exception!”

President Trump: “…and God bless America!”

CBS: “We would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to again reassure those watching that we are-- and will continue to be-- fact-checking this speech…all through the night, if necessary. The last words the president uttered seem to me, and I’m sure many listening, to be problematic at best. We don’t know that there is a God, and if there should be, if She would be inclined to bless America.”

Post speech analysis, ABC/CBS/NBC/MSNBC/CNN:
“President Trump appeared before a joint session of Congress tonight for the annual State of the Union Address. His remarks contained numerous claims that were false or misleading. Here is how they stacked up against the facts: His claim that the U.S. economy is the envy of the world is absurd. We’ve discovered that Latvia’s economy grew faster than the U.S. economy in 2018. Also, at one point in his speech, he used the phrase ‘one-third’ when the correct figure would have been 31%. Sad, but not surprising.”

Post speech analysis of Stacy Abrams Rebuttal to the president, ABC/CBS/NBC/MSNBC/CNN:
                “Representative Abram’s speech was fact-filled and spot on. Loved it. I thought she was so unifying when she opened by saying ‘Good evening my fellow Americans.’ And then she said, ‘Happy Lunar New Year.’ Indeed, it is the Lunar New year. That is a fact. Just…wow! Of course, she correctly noted ‘plants are closing, lay-offs are looming, and wages struggle to keep pace with the cost of living.’ And she closed by thanking the American people and eloquently stating: ‘May God bless the United States of America.’ And indeed She has, Ms. Abrams. We have you! All-in-all, I thought her speech was just the right mix of policy and passion, spunk and thoughtfulness. Too bad she got screwed in Georgia.”

January 28, 2014
United States House of Representatives Chamber
State of the Union Address

President Obama: “…the economy is creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis.”

MSNBC: “I think that we’ve all got thrills running up our legs.”

President Obama: “…and, as I’ve repeatedly said, ‘If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.’”

CNN: “That is just wonderful stuff. Wish I could reach out and touch him.”

President Obama: “I’ve recently visited all 57 states, and I-“

NBC: “We would remind viewers to put this remark in the proper context. The President certainly believes this and if you take into consideration that D.C. and Puerto Rico are essentially states already and that California and two or three other states may soon be split, it’s hard to argue with him. He’s probably just prescient…as usual.”

President Obama: “…ISIS is really just a JV team that doesn’t threaten America.”

ABC: “And I think we all owe a debt of gratitude to this great president for that.”

President Obama: “…and America is an exceptional nation in the sense that all nations think they are exceptional.”

CBS: “We’ll just stay quiet now—and for the rest of the evening-- and let those listening and watching drink in the self-evident greatness of President Obama.”


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