Has it?

I wrote this exactly two years ago from today:

1. Trump makes an offensive comment worded in a vague manner.
2. His supporters cheer, as they appreciate and sympathize with the offensive content.
3. Normal people are offended by the offensive content because they are normal people.
4. When asked, Trump points to the vagueness of the offensive comment as evidence that he did not say the offensive comment that he did in fact say.
5. Trump complains that he is being pegged as someone who makes offensive comments after he made an offensive comment and was criticized for making the offensive comment even though he said that he did not make the offensive comment that in fact he did say.
6. A few seconds/minutes/hours pass, Trump opens his mouth, and the cycle begins again.

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Both sides, part ∞

There’s a classic media training question that goes something like this: “Have you stopped beating your wife?” Answering either yes or no will make you look bad. The trick is to formulate an answer that both breaks down the premise of the question while also concise.

Solving this old media trick is similar to pushing back against people who spew “both sides are equally bad!!!” nonsense. Continue reading

Give homes to the homeless

It’s an easy concept:

The study, which was commissioned by LA County in 2014, finds that the county’s Housing for Health program, which launched in 2012 and provides supportive housing and medical services to homeless residents, has reduced the reliance of participants on county medical and mental health services. Once stably housed, people involved in the program made less trips to the emergency room, spent less time in the hospital, and were arrested less frequently. Continue reading