Trump Therapy 3.1 -- Size Mutters
The good news is that the press corps is freaking out over White House Spokesvermin Sean Spicer's series of egregious lies and distortions regarding the crowd size at the inauguration. These lies are nothing new for Team Trump, of course. But it appears that by telling obvious lies in the “sacred space” known as the White House Press Room, Spicer crossed some kind of line.
So, less than 24 hours after the inauguration, the long knives of the media came out. What started out as relatively muted criticism of Trump's appearance at the CIA turned into full-throated outrage. And those knives have stayed out. Every Team Trump person on the (non-Fox) Sunday morning shows is being spit-roasted over the lies told, and the “disrespect shown to CIA employees who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
The sort-of-bad news is that this whole kerfluffle draws focus away from the Women's March. Its only sort of bad, because instead of talking heads debating the merits of the March, the March gets overwhelming positive coverage (“peaceful protests”, “millions of marchers”, “hundreds of cities”, “all seven continents, including Antarctica”, “all over the world”), before the chatterers get onto the business of the day.
The really bad news is that all of this is marginalizing the really important news – what Trump's actions have been, and what they mean. Very little attention is being paid to Trump's executive orders, or his covert assault on civil rights. Perhaps more crucially, the Democratic surrogates are ignoring the real issues as well, instead of pivoting toward them. The people in charge of Democratic messaging (is there anyone?) need to get the word out – its crucial that Trump's bad policies be attacked early and often.
BTW, Joy Reid is a national treasure. AFAIK, she's the first network anchor to use the word “kakistocracy” to describe Team Trump.