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Bright Shiny Objects: Trump’s Real Art is Diversion

The news media is not fake, it is gullible. And Donald Trump plays them perfectly.

Carl J. Petersen
3 min readOct 11, 2017

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There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute

- Popularly attributed to P.T. Barnum

We need P.T. Barnum, a little bit, because we have to build up the image of our country

- Donald Trump

As Barack Obama left office the economy had “gained jobs for 75 straight months — the longest streak on record.” Of course, that had not stopped his successor from claiming that he had inherited a “mess” with jobs “pouring out of the country.” Still, even as Trump struggled to keep up with the numbers posted during Obama’s last year in office, his unshakable fans acted as if it was his accomplishments alone that had brought us to a point “close to what economists consider full employment.” Then on Friday, the Labor Department announced that preliminary numbers show that winning streak has come to an end; “the United States lost 33,000 jobs in September”.

There is a good chance that you may have missed the news and this probably was not an accident. “The White

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Carl J. Petersen

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com