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http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/13/media/april-ryan-reliable-so...

This is how tribal politics has become;

White House correspondent April Ryan says she's received death threats from the public since asking press secretary Sarah Sanders at the White House press briefing on Tuesday if President Donald Trump has ever "thought about stepping down."

Sanders, in response, told Ryan "no" and said her question was "absolutely ridiculous."

"That was one of the options that I was told was on the table and had been on the table before," Ryan told CNN's Brian Stelter. "It's not beyond the realm of logic right now because this president is in the midst of a firestorm on various issues."


Laughs, personally, I thought it was a ballsy question, and although I suspect she knew the answer, she felt obligated to ask, and I see nothing wrong with that. It's her job.
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Laughs, personally, I thought it was a ballsy question, and although I suspect she knew the answer, she felt obligated to ask

Sanders was right; it was a ridiculous question, and a waste of everyone's time.

Sanders should've mashed it out of the park: "Absolutely, every day, when he reads your fake news stories about chaos instead of telling the American people how hard he's working to improve their lives, when instead he could be relaxing at one of his fabulous resorts, such as... blah, blah, blah, blah; now, who else wants to ask a great question like that one?"
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Nah if she thought it was ridiculous she should have just answered no, and moved on, calling it 'ridiculous' just fuels the fire, between the press and the Administration. It's clear they have a tough time handling any questions that might reflect negatively on the Administration, or ones that question their moves and motives. She has to learn to just answer the question, and move on. She tends to expound a lot, when her rantings tend to kiss Trumps ring, but when asked a tough question, she whiffs at it, and does so rather badly.
 
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abadolato01 wrote:
calling it 'ridiculous' just fuels the fire, between the press and the Administration.

But it was ridiculous; if saying so "fuels the fire," that's on the press, not her.

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It's clear they have a tough time handling any questions that might reflect negatively on the Administration [...] but when asked a tough question, she whiffs at it

The question doesn't reflect negatively on the administration, nor is it a tough question.
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It is a silly question.
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Laughs, I suspect it may become a prescient question, as opposed to ridiculous.
 
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I don't think it was a ridiculous question per se, but it was certainly a pointless one, given that the answer was utterly predictable. With only so many opportunities to ask questions at these gatherings, I'm not sure I'd waste my time asking a question to which I know the answer before I ask it.
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I don't think it was a ridiculous question per se, but it was certainly a pointless one, given that the answer was utterly predictable. With only so many opportunities to ask questions at these gatherings, I'm not sure I'd waste my time asking a question to which I know the answer before I ask it.


To be fair it's not like you're going to get any truthful or substantial answers to important questions at those things.
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It seems to me that just showing up for those press conferences is silly by itself, as they convey no actual information anyway.

The man who is working oh so very far to deny that he likes women that spank him and pee all over him because it's not manly enough would not, under any circumstance, admit any weakness of any sort.
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This is a bit OT, but am I the only person who feels a bit sorry for Sanders? I mean, hasn't she got a pretty good job, but every time I see her on the news or youtube she looks so fucking miserable, so why does she keep doing it? Is she a true believer or what? Any explanations welcome.
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abadolato01 wrote:
Nah if she thought it was ridiculous she should have just answered no, and moved on, calling it 'ridiculous' just fuels the fire, between the press and the Administration. It's clear they have a tough time handling any questions that might reflect negatively on the Administration, or ones that question their moves and motives. She has to learn to just answer the question, and move on. She tends to expound a lot, when her rantings tend to kiss Trumps ring, but when asked a tough question, she whiffs at it, and does so rather badly.

Along those lines I learned, when living in southern Africa, that when a politician used the words 'absolutely' and 'whatsoever' in denying an allegation, the allegation was most likely true.

If the politician said simply, "That is not true", he was probably telling the truth. But if he said, "There is absolutely no truth to that, whatsoever", I would know that the allegation was, in fact, true.

For example,

"Is it true that Nelson Mandela has been placed in solitary confinement and is not allowed to talk to any of his fellow prisoners?"

"No."

Translation: 'No.'

"Was Steven Biko murdered while in custody?"

"There is absolutely no truth to that allegation, whatsoever."

Translation: 'Yes, Steven Biko was murdered while in custody'.
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