IS THAT NORMAL? ARE IN THE MIDST OF A POLICY ARE IN THE MIDST OF A POLICY RETREAT AFTER GETTING A PEP TALK RETREAT AFTER GETTING A PEP TALK FROM PUMP. FROM PUMP. HE KICKED OFF THE GET-TOGETHER HE KICKED OFF THE GET-TOGETHER BY ATTACKING HIS TWO FAVORITE BY ATTACKING HIS TWO FAVORITE TARGETS. TARGETS. LISTEN. LISTEN.>>IT’S THE DEMOCRATS AND IT’S>>IT’S THE DEMOCRATS AND IT’S THE MEDIA. THE MEDIA. WE’RE FIGHTING TWO BATTLES. WE’RE FIGHTING TWO BATTLES. THE DEMOCRATS AND THE MEDIA. THE DEMOCRATS AND THE MEDIA. IT’S AS IF THEY’RE ONE, BECAUSE IT’S AS IF THEY’RE ONE, BECAUSE THEY ARE ONE. THEY ARE ONE. THEY’RE WORKING TOGETHER. THEY’RE WORKING TOGETHER. THEY’RE COLLUDING AND THEY’RE THEY’RE COLLUDING AND THEY’RE OBSTRUCTING. OBSTRUCTING.>>IT IS A THEME THE PRESIDENT>>IT IS A THEME THE PRESIDENT WENT BACK TO ALL WEEK LONG, WENT BACK TO ALL WEEK LONG, SLAMMING THE MEDIA FOR THE WAY SLAMMING THE MEDIA FOR THE WAY IT COVERED HEADLINES THAT HE IT COVERED HEADLINES THAT HE HIMSELF CREATED, EVERYTHING FROM HIMSELF CREATED, EVERYTHING FROM JOHN BOLTON’S DISMISSAL TO JOHN BOLTON’S DISMISSAL TO WARNINGS ABOUT HURRICANE DORIAN. WARNINGS ABOUT HURRICANE DORIAN. I HAVE A REPORTER FOR THE NEW I HAVE A REPORTER FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES AND NBC SENIOR MEDIA YORK TIMES AND NBC SENIOR MEDIA REPORTER. REPORTER. DILLON, TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS DILLON, TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS LINE OF ATTACK, ABOUT HOW THE LINE OF ATTACK, ABOUT HOW THE DEMOCRATS AND THE MEDIA ARE DEMOCRATS AND THE MEDIA ARE CONSPIRING AGAINST THE CONSPIRING AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. IS THERE SOMETHING THE MEDIA OR IS THERE SOMETHING THE MEDIA OR THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE DOING TO THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE DOING TO PUSH BACK? PUSH BACK?>>WELL, LOOK, FIRST OF ALL,>>WELL, LOOK, FIRST OF ALL, WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THE WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THE DEMOCRATS ARE ATTACKING THE DEMOCRATS ARE ATTACKING THE PRESIDENT AND REASONABLY SO, AS PRESIDENT AND REASONABLY SO, AS JULIAN CASTRO SAID IN LAST JULIAN CASTRO SAID IN LAST NIGHT’S DEBATE, THAT’S POLITICS, NIGHT’S DEBATE, THAT’S POLITICS, THAT’S WHAT THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD THAT’S WHAT THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE DOING. BE DOING. I THINK THE MEDIA HAS BEEN DOING I THINK THE MEDIA HAS BEEN DOING MORE THAN ITS FAIR SHARE OF MORE THAN ITS FAIR SHARE OF SCRUTINY ON THE PRESIDENT AND SCRUTINY ON THE PRESIDENT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION AND I THINK THIS ADMINISTRATION AND I THINK YOU COULD ARGUE THAT MOST OF YOU COULD ARGUE THAT MOST OF THAT IS COMMENSURATE WITH A LOT THAT IS COMMENSURATE WITH A LOT OF THE SORT OF ABNORMAL ASPECTS OF THE SORT OF ABNORMAL ASPECTS OF THIS PRESIDENCY. OF THIS PRESIDENCY. WHAT I WOULD SAY, THOUGH, WHAT I WHAT I WOULD SAY, THOUGH, WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT PARTICULARLY THOUGHT ABOUT PARTICULARLY WATCHING THE SPLIT SCREEN WATCHING THE SPLIT SCREEN BETWEEN LAST NIGHT’S DEBATE AND BETWEEN LAST NIGHT’S DEBATE AND PRESIDENT TRUMP’S REMARKS IN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S REMARKS IN BALTIMORE, IS THIS QUESTION OF BALTIMORE, IS THIS QUESTION OF BRAND ENGAGEMENT. BRAND ENGAGEMENT. HOW ARE THE INSTITUTIONS OF THE HOW ARE THE INSTITUTIONS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THE INSTITUTION OF THE MEDIA, HOW IS INSTITUTION OF THE MEDIA, HOW IS THAT DOING WHAT THE AMERICAN THAT DOING WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RIGHT NOW — AND MY GUESS PEOPLE RIGHT NOW — AND MY GUESS IS IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO IS IS IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO IS SORT OF ON THE FENCE ABOUT SORT OF ON THE FENCE ABOUT POLITICS, WHO MAYBE VOTED FOR POLITICS, WHO MAYBE VOTED FOR TRUMP LAST CYCLE, IS MAYBE A TRUMP LAST CYCLE, IS MAYBE A LITTLE MORE DISENCHANTED NOW AND LITTLE MORE DISENCHANTED NOW AND YOU LOOK AT THE WAY THAT YOU LOOK AT THE WAY THAT DEMOCRATS ARE CONDUCTING DEMOCRATS ARE CONDUCTING THEMSELVES ON THE DEBATE STAGE THEMSELVES ON THE DEBATE STAGE AND YOU LOOK AT THE WAY THAT AT AND YOU LOOK AT THE WAY THAT AT TIMES THE MEDIA CAN SORT OF BEAT TIMES THE MEDIA CAN SORT OF BEAT THE DEAD HORSE OF SOME OF THE THE DEAD HORSE OF SOME OF THE MISTAKES THAT THIS MISTAKES THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE, I ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE, I WOULDN’T FAULT PEOPLE FOR WOULDN’T FAULT PEOPLE FOR FALLING VICTIM TO TRUMP’S FALLING VICTIM TO TRUMP’S ARGUMENT THAT HE’S JUST A VICTIM ARGUMENT THAT HE’S JUST A VICTIM OF THE MEDIA AND DEMOCRATS. OF THE MEDIA AND DEMOCRATS. I DON’T THINK THAT’S TRUE, BUT I I DON’T THINK THAT’S TRUE, BUT I UNDERSTAND HOW THAT HAS SOME UNDERSTAND HOW THAT HAS SOME SWAY WITH UNDECIDED VOTERS WHO SWAY WITH UNDECIDED VOTERS WHO ARE JUST GETTING SICK OF THIS ARE JUST GETTING SICK OF THIS CONSTANT SORT OF ANIMOSITY AND CONSTANT SORT OF ANIMOSITY AND BICKERING THAT’S GOING ON. BICKERING THAT’S GOING ON. SO I THINK DEMOCRATS NEED TO PAY SO I THINK DEMOCRATS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THAT AND THINK MORE ATTENTION TO THAT AND THINK MORE STRATEGIC AS THEY GO FORWARD STRATEGIC AS THEY GO FORWARD INTO THE 2020 ELECTION. INTO THE 2020 ELECTION.>>ELI, WASN’T THIS THE PERFECT>>ELI, WASN’T THIS THE PERFECT WEEK TO SHOW HOW THE PRESIDENT WEEK TO SHOW HOW THE PRESIDENT LIVES AND DIES BY THE MEDIA? LIVES AND DIES BY THE MEDIA? IT WASN’T ENOUGH JUST TO GET RID IT WASN’T ENOUGH JUST TO GET RID OF JOHN BOLTON, HE HAD TO GET OF JOHN BOLTON, HE HAD TO GET RID OF HIM AND THEN CONTROL THE RID OF HIM AND THEN CONTROL THE NARRATIVE AROUND IT. NARRATIVE AROUND IT.>>THE PRESIDENT NEEDS THE MEDIA>>THE PRESIDENT NEEDS THE MEDIA AND DEMOCRATS AND ENEMIES, AND DEMOCRATS AND ENEMIES, BECAUSE HE NEED EX EXCUSES. BECAUSE HE NEED EX EXCUSES. HE NEEDS TO TELL VOTERS WHY HE HE NEEDS TO TELL VOTERS WHY HE HASN’T GOTTEN THINGS DONE AND HASN’T GOTTEN THINGS DONE AND WHY PEOPLE ARE CONSPIRING WHY PEOPLE ARE CONSPIRING AGAINST HIM. AGAINST HIM. THIS IS A CANDIDATE WHO HAS THIS IS A CANDIDATE WHO HAS ALWAYS TAPPED INTO THE PARANOID ALWAYS TAPPED INTO THE PARANOID STREAK AND POLITICS AND THE NEXT STREAK AND POLITICS AND THE NEXT 14 MONTHS ARE GOING TO BE NO 14 MONTHS ARE GOING TO BE NO DIFFERENT. DIFFERENT. AS FAR AS THE COVERAGE AND THE AS FAR AS THE COVERAGE AND THE BOLTON NARRATIVE, YOU’RE EXACTLY BOLTON NARRATIVE, YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT. RIGHT. YOU HAD THE PRESIDENT COME OUT YOU HAD THE PRESIDENT COME OUT YESTERDAY AND BASICALLY SAY, OH, YESTERDAY AND BASICALLY SAY, OH, THERE ARE 15 PEOPLE NOW WHO WANT THERE ARE 15 PEOPLE NOW WHO WANT IT, BECAUSE IT’S SO FUN TO WORK IT, BECAUSE IT’S SO FUN TO WORK FOR DONALD TRUMP. FOR DONALD TRUMP. THAT IS ANOTHER REACTION, THAT IS ANOTHER REACTION, EXPLICITLY TO MEDIA REPORTS THAT EXPLICITLY TO MEDIA REPORTS THAT THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO IS HARD THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO IS HARD TO WORK FOR. TO WORK FOR. THIS GUY IS ALWAYS REFLECTING THIS GUY IS ALWAYS REFLECTING THE COVERAGE AND REACTING TO THE THE COVERAGE AND REACTING TO THE COVERAGE AND THEN HOLDING UP THE COVERAGE AND THEN HOLDING UP THE COVERAGE AS EVIDENCE OF SOME COVERAGE AS EVIDENCE OF SOME SORT OF CONSPIRACY. SORT OF CONSPIRACY.>>DILLON, WHAT DO YOU DO?>>DILLON, WHAT DO YOU DO? YOU’RE SAYING THAT THE MEDIA YOU’RE SAYING THAT THE MEDIA NEEDS TO BE MORE STRATEGIC, NEEDS TO BE MORE STRATEGIC, WE’RE OBSESSING OVER EVERY WE’RE OBSESSING OVER EVERY SINGLE THING THE PRESIDENT SAYS. SINGLE THING THE PRESIDENT SAYS. THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO ON 9/11 THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO ON 9/11 IS TWEETING 18 TIMES AND ONLY IS TWEETING 18 TIMES AND ONLY THREE TIMES ABOUT SEPTEMBER THREE TIMES ABOUT SEPTEMBER 11th. 11th. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO HANDLE HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO HANDLE THAT? THAT?>>YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT AND I>>YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT AND I GO BACK TO THE FACT THAT THERE’S GO BACK TO THE FACT THAT THERE’S SO MANY ABNORMAL ASPECTS TO THIS SO MANY ABNORMAL ASPECTS TO THIS PRESIDENCY AND I THINK THE PRESIDENCY AND I THINK THE COVERAGE SHOWS THAT. COVERAGE SHOWS THAT. THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS PRESIDENT AND ADMINISTRATION HAVE BEEN ADMINISTRATION HAVE BEEN ABNORMAL FOR MULTIPLE YEARS AND ABNORMAL FOR MULTIPLE YEARS AND THERE’S THIS TENDENCY IN THE THERE’S THIS TENDENCY IN THE MEDIA TO SORT OF LIGHT OUR HAIR MEDIA TO SORT OF LIGHT OUR HAIR ON FIRE OVER EVERY INSTANCE THAT ON FIRE OVER EVERY INSTANCE THAT SORT OF REINFORCES THE NARRATIVE SORT OF REINFORCES THE NARRATIVE THAT WE HAVE ABOUT THIS THAT WE HAVE ABOUT THIS PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. AND I’M NOT SAYING THAT THAT’S AND I’M NOT SAYING THAT THAT’S EVEN NECESSARILY WRONG OR EVEN NECESSARILY WRONG OR INACCURATE OR ILL-PLACED. INACCURATE OR ILL-PLACED. WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT THE WAY WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT THE WAY THAT IT’S AFFECTING THE AMERICAN THAT IT’S AFFECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE — LOOK, YOU KNOW, YOU PEOPLE — LOOK, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST LAUNCHED A PODCAST ABOUT JUST LAUNCHED A PODCAST ABOUT THIS. THIS. WE ARE LIVING IN VERY DIVISIVE WE ARE LIVING IN VERY DIVISIVE TIMES AND I THINK THERE ARE A TIMES AND I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TUNING OUT LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TUNING OUT OF THE CONVERSATION AND ARE, OF THE CONVERSATION AND ARE, THEREFORE, SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE THEREFORE, SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE ARGUMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT IS ARGUMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT IS MAKING. MAKING. AND I JUST THINK WE NEED TO AND I JUST THINK WE NEED TO THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE CAREFULLY ABOUT HOW WHAT WE DO CAREFULLY ABOUT HOW WHAT WE DO AS THE MEDIA PLAYS WITH AS THE MEDIA PLAYS WITH AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>AND NOW DILLON, THEY HAVE A

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