Victor Fleischer (San Diego) delivers the keynote address on The State of Our Tax Institutions today at the annual USC Tax Institute:
National Academies of Sciences and Engineering: “Since 2009, we’ve taken the transcript of the State of the Union and added in publications relevant to the President’s speech. It’s our way of spotlighting our work: providing independent, evidence-based research that addresses the wide variety of challenges and goals of our country and beyond. Below, you’ll find the transcript of last night’s State of the Union from whitehouse.gov with our publications inline…”
And a bonus fact – So many people visited fact-checking website PolitiFact during the State of the Union, it crashed
Data Driven Journalism – Mahima Singh is a data journalist at the Palm Beach Post in South Florida – Link to full text of this article: “Donald Trump’s relationship with the media has been a constant tug of war. Even before he became the President of the United States, the collective opinion about him in news kept shifting. While today the sentiment in the mainstream media seems overly negative towards Trump, a year ago it was less polarized. The idea – In 2016, as I read news about the president’s campaign, his election and then his inauguration, I felt that there was a sudden shift in the way news media was talking about Trump, especially during the lead up to his inauguration and the first few weeks of his presidency. I wanted to see if data could prove my hypothesis that there was a shift in news sentiment towards Trump before and after his inauguration. For the final project of our natural language processing class at Syracuse University, Daniela Fernández Espinosa from the Information School, James Troncale from the Linguistics Department and I, built a prototype sentiment analyzer to help political figures make better media strategy plans. I visualized the results of that project and hosted it on my GitHub. Text analysis There have been multiple sentiment analysis done on Trump’s social media posts. While these projects make the news and garner online attention, few analyses have looked at the media itself. During the presidential campaign in 2016, Data Face ran a text analysis on news articles about Trump and Clinton. The results gained a lot of media attention and steered conversations. I planned to follow a similar approach…”
No sooner had President Trump concluded than the cascade of analysis began — dozens and dozens of voices.
Chris Wallace of Fox News didn't buy the pre-speech spin — and there is always White House pre-speech spin that proves to be largely baloney — about a bipartisan speech and found Trump offering Democrats various deals "he knew they couldn't accept."
And Fox's Megyn Kelly — wait, she's on NBC now and was a member of a secondary MSNBC panel that included NBC eminence grise Tom Brokaw — opined that if Trump gets billions for his wall, that will inevitably help him politically. The substance of the claim seemed less telling than the ancillary role she played compared to days of big event stardom at the House that Ailes Built.
If only NBC had inserted Jane Fonda next to her for Round 2 (or is it Round 3?) of their duel, so far most vividly marked by Kelly's gratuitous shots at a figure whose cultural impact she can only dream of replicating. On this night, Kelly was a bit player lost amid the strong first-team and bench of new colleagues.
The new post-speech analyses
The old way of doing business was personified by CNN, whose production structure can make it difficult to watch, with too many people talking, too many panels, no one person seemingly in charge (though Anderson Cooper does try), no cohesive approach. Once again, there were far too many people on the set competing for time, as if this were a U.N. General Assembly meeting. Why not just take a few people — including Jake Tapper, John King and David Axelrod, among others — and focus on their takes? The few really informative moments included Tapper's interview of California Sen. Kamala Harris, touching on Black Caucus reaction and what's up in the Senate Intelligence Committee
If you had doubts about the new media competition, you just had to turn to Stephen Colbert's show, which is usually taped in late afternoon-early evening, and Comedy Central, which both had live shows. Colbert's effort was especially impressive in quickly and satirically editing speech video to mock Trump, then his mocking it all in a seamless monologue that came off as if meticulously rehearsed multiple times. Even for a professional stand-up comic, this error-free performance was rapier sharp and impressive.
One of many examples came as he showed Trump noting some of the natural disasters experienced in the past year, notably "floods, fires and storms." Colbert then declared, "And Stormys. Don't forget her. She was one of the most expensive disasters for you, personally."
When a former Obama speechwriter-guest later noted the plodding delivery of the 5,000-plus words, Colbert noted Trump seemingly slowing down near the end. "It seemed like somebody should pull the string in his back one more time."
The Morning Babel (State of Union edition)
"Trump & Friends" was ebullient, hailing a justifiable "victory lap" taken by Trump in the address, intoned Ainsley Earhardt, and could be summed up thus: "America, America, America." It wasn't just a laundry list, said her colleague Steve Doocy, "but last night we heard so much about the people and it was so interesting."
CNN's "New Day" conceded the speech was "for him well delivered" and that he will continue to be "unpredictable and impetuous," as Chris Cillizza put it in a succinct reflection of the overriding conventional wisdom on Trump himself.
And "Morning Joe" on MSNBC pivoted quickly from the speech — seemingly realizing it didn't really provide the usual Trump outrages — to the show's recent red meat of wayward Republicans, notably the House Intelligence Committee voting to reveal a classified memo."It's just disgraceful," said analyst John Heilemann. "This is so mind-boggling, what the Republicans are doing," interjected Joe Scarborough. Everybody on set agreed. Quelle surprise, as the French would say. It then broke for commercials, including ones for Cadillac, "The Shape of Water" and, yes, Trump's impeachment as urged by Tom Steyer, a billionaire hedge fund manager and environmental activist. Politics and commerce melded neatly only minutes after the sun rose in the East.