DaTechguy Meets Students TBS & Fake news at Donald Trump’s CPAC 2017 Speech

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DaTechguy Meets Students TBS & Fake news at Donald Trump's CPAC 2017 Speech

Some­thing very inter­est­ing hap­pened to me at CPAC yesterday.

I had got­ten up early for a ven­dor break­fast but man­aged to for­get where it was held. After some failed searches I decided to check their booth but that required pass­ing through the secret ser­vice check and once I did that not only was the booth empty (likely all at the break­fast) but I was dis­in­clined to go back and have to pass through again.

So after grab­bing a few inter­views out­side (which I’ll post later) I went into the media room. The place was packed and it was so bad that the cof­fee area was filled with peo­ple so we had a crowd behind us and in front of us.

I went to the line and started inter­view­ing stu­dents 1st a group of col­lege stu­dents going to school in VA

And then a pair of stu­dents from North Carolina

At this point bat­ter­ies were get­ting low and the speech was near the start so I went back to my spot in the area. From the media area mean­ing I could see the big screens but not the stage.

When the pres­i­dent came and started speak­ing since I couldn’t see the stage I took a pan of the crowd.

I decided at this point since uploads were crawl­ing and any post I might have sched­uled on inter­views would get few views dur­ing the Trump speech I decided to do a post with some high­lights, writ­ing lines as I heard them and updat­ing as I went along. See­ing that both of my cam­eras were nearly out of power, after tak­ing a shot of the screen of the pres­i­dent speak­ing I took out my bat­ter­ies from so they could start charg­ing. That proved to be an unfor­tu­nate coin­ci­dence given what hap­pened next.

As I was try­ing to type in what the Pres­i­dent said as he said it a young man came up to me and kneeled between me and the Yahoo peo­ple who were set up to my left in the aisle (I was in the end seat) and sought my attention.

I imme­di­ately noticed that he had a badge that said TBS. This seemed a tad odd to me since TBS is basi­cally a re-​run sta­tion with the excep­tion of a few orig­i­nal come­dies. I con­cluded that he must be from the Saman­tha Bee show as it to my knowl­edge was the only thing resem­bling news on the net­work (although for my money “resem­bling” is over­stat­ing the matter).

He then asked me what I thought was one of the odd­est ques­tions about a com­puter I’d ever heard inquir­ing if my lap­top included the game solitaire.

Being old enough to remem­ber the intro­duc­tion of the com­mer­cial lap­top and know­ing that every lap­top for the last 20 years included soli­taire I thought the ques­tion fool­ish, but I won­dered why he would ask so I answered:
“Well my wife bought me it for Christ­mas so I really don’t know but I imag­ine so.”

He then asked the ques­tion that made every­thing clear:

“Could you bring it up, we want a shot of some­one play­ing soli­taire dur­ing Don­ald Trump’s speech.”

My ini­tial answer reac­tion was innocence

“But that would be dishonest.”

and then anger say­ing some­thing like: Are you seri­ously ask­ing me to stage some­thing dis­hon­est so you can report fake news?

He walked away but I was sud­denly very angry. I under­stand that I dress rather eccen­tri­cally so he might have fig­ured this guy was a fel­low trav­eler but the very idea that he would ask me to help him do some­thing dis­hon­est and dis­hon­or­able to cre­ate fake news to hit the Pres­i­dent. Nor did the irony that this hap­pened just a few min­utes after Pres­i­dent Trump hit the media for stag­ing stuff fail to hit me.

I was mad and updated my open post thus:

[Would you believe a guy from TBS asked me if I had soli­taire on my com­puter and asked me to bring it up so he could get a shot of some­one play­ing soli­taire dur­ing Trump’s speech. HOW DARE HE! HOW DARE HE EXPECT ME TO SET UP A PHONY SHOT FOR A PHONY MEME! That’s so dishonorable!]

and added this to the title:

UPDATE TBS asks me to setup a fake meme how DARE they!

I was angry and real­ized I needed to let peo­ple know what just hap­pened. I imme­di­ately walked over to the four stu­dents I had just inter­viewed and told them what had hap­pened. I was really angry and kinda loud (iron­i­cally a blog­ger thought I was chew­ing them out for heck­ling the press and tweeted that out. I saw that tweet three hours later and tweeted what really hap­pened and he apol­o­gized and cor­rected him­self promptly


I was so impressed I fol­lowed him on the spot but that was a few hours later.)

I then went straight over to Cyn­thia Yockey and Emille who I’m shar­ing a room with. They were two tables down. Cyn­thia had been kind enough to bring me my bat­tery stuff to charge my cam­eras when she came down so I knew where they were and told them what hap­pened. I then saw Kurt Schlichter & Stephen Kruiser behind them and told them on the spot, I saw Ed Mor­ris­sey but he didn’t have time as he was try­ing to live blog the President’s speech.

Then it hit me that I had stopped doing that and headed back to con­tinue but I was still angry.

When every­thing was done I saw Byron York who had said hi ear­lier and called him over to tell him what hap­pened as I was pack­ing up and men­tioned it to Yid with Lid. A pair of CPAC peo­ple asked about this wanted to know who the guy was and A young lady from Bre­it­bart came over and wanted some details on the story (iron­i­cally she was a friend of Yvonne who I had inter­viewed on day 1) after a few false starts we found a suit­able place with less noise and I told my story.

Unfor­tu­nately I had fix­ated on the TBS badge and not the fea­tures of the fel­low although I thought I would be able to rec­og­nize him if I saw him again, not hav­ing the bat­ter­ies in the cam­era really hurt me here.

I was how­ever run­ning late for Anita Moncrief’s Innis din­ner which I had promised to attend at 12 so I excused myself. I had for­got­ten the loca­tion which was on my older lap­top back in the room where my uploads were con­tin­u­ing from so after some false started I ran back to my room up, got the loca­tion while Stacy was typ­ing next to me and headed out.

I ran into Patrick How­ley on the way who wanted the story for the Daily Caller. I told him what hap­pened and he asked if he could us my lap­top to write it. I declined say­ing I might need it at the event but he was wel­come to go to my room and use my other one, Stacy could let him in. He asked for the key but I told him to knock as I wasn’t com­fort­able with loan­ing the key to a room in some­one else’s name out.

When I got back I got a call from Alex Pfeif­fer who was doing the writ­ing proper and answered any ques­tions he had. That’s when I noticed those other tweets. Addi­tion­ally Stacy McCain had Fox news on with Shep Smith who was going on about how the press doesn’t make fake news, that pissed me off so I tweeted this:

Now you might be ask­ing your­self: Hey DaT­e­chGuy why didn’t you tweet or gab this out on your new laptop?

Well it’s because until CPAC I had been using the new lap­top exclu­sively for play­ing Civ­i­liza­tion VI. In fact DaW­ife bought it based on my son’s specs or opti­mum game­play. Not only did I not have Gab or twit­ter on it, but I hadn’t set up email their either so if I tried to reset my pass­words I wouldn’t see the emails.

Remem­ber I’m “DaT­e­chGuy” because I used to do Tech Sup­port and majored in com­put­ers in the Fortran/​ccl years and worked at Raytheon with clear­ance dur­ing the cold war, not because I like gad­gets. I haven’t even con­nected the phone daw­ife bought me to the net because I don’t want hack­able data on my phone, I just want the abil­ity to make calls while traveling.

The first place I saw the story reported was at Jeff (Yid’s) site

And the pres­i­dent was right. After his speech was over, my friend Peter, DaT­e­chguy wrote:

Would you believe a guy from TBS asked me if I had soli­taire on my com­puter and asked me to bring it up so he could get a shot of some­one play­ing soli­taire dur­ing Trump’s speech. HOW DARE HE! HOW DARE HE EXPECT ME TO SET UP A PHONY SHOT FOR A PHONY MEME! That’s so dishonorable!

I won­der if the TBS guy made the request as a favor because TBS is owned by the same com­pany as CNN.

I then saw the story at the daily caller titled:
Blog­ger Claims TBS Tried To Stage Fake News At CPAC
Alex man­aged to spell my name wrong “Injimi” and I didn’t like “claims” at first but after think­ing about it, with­out the name of the per­son and not hav­ing been there it was not an unfair char­ac­ter­i­za­tion. How­ever he did man­age to con­firm a sus­pi­cion of mine:

TBS does not have a news pro­gram, how­ever, the net­work hosts the pop­u­lar news satire show “Full Frontal with Saman­tha Bee.” A CPAC spokesman told TheDC that TBS was cre­den­tialed for the event and in rela­tion with the Saman­tha Bee show.

and I liked being called a “pop­u­lar” blog­ger. One hopes peo­ple like the site but it was nice to hear some­one else write it.

TBS wisely refused com­ment, a denial risks the story being cor­rob­o­rated by any of the folk next to me like the Yahoo crew, while admit­ting it would con­firm uneth­i­cal behavior.

Now as any­one who reads this site knows I was a Cruz Sup­porter who endorsed Trump just before the con­ven­tion and rather famously dou­bled down on my sup­port of him after the Bush tape came out. If you are a mem­ber of the left who doesn’t know me and you choose not to take my word with­out fur­ther evi­dence that’s cer­tainly your pre­rog­a­tive and not an unrea­son­able deci­sion to make.

Although I would inquire of the Saman­tha Bee show and ask if they did this or not if I was you.

As for myself, I didn’t care for her before and I care for them less now.

A post­script. as I was return­ing from the Innis event I ran into the col­lege kids I inter­viewed. They were down­cast, they had been inter­viewed by a left­ist site and fig­ured they had been played by them to make them look fool­ish and asked my advice. I told them if approached by any­one you don’t know or trust in that way agree to inter­views on the con­di­tion that you are able to film them as they film you.

If they decline pre­sume dis­hon­esty and decline as well. I’d cer­tainly give that advice to any­one approached by TBS at CPAC or elsewhere.

Update: Insta­lanche Thanks Glenn, it will take a few weeks to post all the inter­views I did at CPAC but you might want to check out this post about a his­toric CPAC 1st and this one about the lat­est com­edy from Evan Sayet that the late night hosts will ignore.


DaT­e­chGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here). Be aware that due to the sheer vol­ume of videos to upload if I inter­viewed you it might be days before you see it here

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Author Matt Mar­go­lis On DaTechGuy’s Mid­night Court

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom Wen­zel of EWTN & Alberto Cala­maro of Radio Maria
The Media Nar­ra­tive Hunt at CPAC
Voices of CPAC 2017 Don­ald Trump Sin­gle lines from CPAC speech as he makes them
Voices of CPAC 2017 the Inde­fati­ga­ble Kira Innis

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Voices of Cpac 2017 Steve & Shen, Ed Mor­ris­sey of Hotair and a Kellyanne Con­way Can­noli Story
Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Ver­nuc­cio
CPAC 2017 Pho­tos & Brief videos from the Sean Han­nity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advo­cates: Melissa of Able Amer­i­cans, Matt of Amer­i­can Major­ity
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #Nev­erTrump to Evan­gel­i­cal Coor­di­na­tor) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall

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Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Repub­li­can (and Kasich del­e­gate)
CPAC 2017 First Inter­views Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Con­ser­v­a­tive Review

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Some Quick pre-​cpac video and thoughts

2016 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

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Something very interesting happened to me at CPAC yesterday.

I had gotten up early for a vendor breakfast but managed to forget where it was held. After some failed searches I decided to check their booth but that required passing through the secret service check and once I did that not only was the booth empty (likely all at the breakfast) but I was disinclined to go back and have to pass through again.

So after grabbing a few interviews outside (which I’ll post later) I went into the media room. The place was packed and it was so bad that the coffee area was filled with people so we had a crowd behind us and in front of us.

I went to the line and started interviewing students 1st a group of college students going to school in VA

And then a pair of students from North Carolina

At this point batteries were getting low and the speech was near the start so I went back to my spot in the area. From the media area meaning I could see the big screens but not the stage.

When the president came and started speaking since I couldn’t see the stage I took a pan of the crowd.

I decided at this point since uploads were crawling and any post I might have scheduled on interviews would get few views during the Trump speech I decided to do a post with some highlights, writing lines as I heard them and updating as I went along. Seeing that both of my cameras were nearly out of power, after taking a shot of the screen of the president speaking I took out my batteries from so they could start charging. That proved to be an unfortunate coincidence given what happened next.

As I was trying to type in what the President said as he said it a young man came up to me and kneeled between me and the Yahoo people who were set up to my left in the aisle (I was in the end seat) and sought my attention.

I immediately noticed that he had a badge that said TBS. This seemed a tad odd to me since TBS is basically a re-run station with the exception of a few original comedies. I concluded that he must be from the Samantha Bee show as it to my knowledge was the only thing resembling news on the network (although for my money “resembling” is overstating the matter).

He then asked me what I thought was one of the oddest questions about a computer I’d ever heard inquiring if my laptop included the game solitaire.

Being old enough to remember the introduction of the commercial laptop and knowing that every laptop for the last 20 years included solitaire I thought the question foolish, but I wondered why he would ask so I answered:
“Well my wife bought me it for Christmas so I really don’t know but I imagine so.”

He then asked the question that made everything clear:

“Could you bring it up, we want a shot of someone playing solitaire during Donald Trump’s speech.”

My initial answer reaction was innocence

“But that would be dishonest.”

and then anger saying something like: Are you seriously asking me to stage something dishonest so you can report fake news?

He walked away but I was suddenly very angry. I understand that I dress rather eccentrically so he might have figured this guy was a fellow traveler but the very idea that he would ask me to help him do something dishonest and dishonorable to create fake news to hit the President. Nor did the irony that this happened just a few minutes after President Trump hit the media for staging stuff fail to hit me.

I was mad and updated my open post thus:

[Would you believe a guy from TBS asked me if I had solitaire on my computer and asked me to bring it up so he could get a shot of someone playing solitaire during Trump’s speech. HOW DARE HE! HOW DARE HE EXPECT ME TO SET UP A PHONY SHOT FOR A PHONY MEME! That’s so dishonorable!]

and added this to the title:

UPDATE TBS asks me to setup a fake meme how DARE they!

I was angry and realized I needed to let people know what just happened. I immediately walked over to the four students I had just interviewed and told them what had happened. I was really angry and kinda loud (ironically a blogger thought I was chewing them out for heckling the press and tweeted that out. I saw that tweet three hours later and tweeted what really happened and he apologized and corrected himself promptly


I was so impressed I followed him on the spot but that was a few hours later.)

I then went straight over to Cynthia Yockey and Emille who I’m sharing a room with. They were two tables down. Cynthia had been kind enough to bring me my battery stuff to charge my cameras when she came down so I knew where they were and told them what happened. I then saw Kurt Schlichter & Stephen Kruiser behind them and told them on the spot, I saw Ed Morrissey but he didn’t have time as he was trying to live blog the President’s speech.

Then it hit me that I had stopped doing that and headed back to continue but I was still angry.

When everything was done I saw Byron York who had said hi earlier and called him over to tell him what happened as I was packing up and mentioned it to Yid with Lid. A pair of CPAC people asked about this wanted to know who the guy was and A young lady from Breitbart came over and wanted some details on the story (ironically she was a friend of Yvonne who I had interviewed on day 1) after a few false starts we found a suitable place with less noise and I told my story.

Unfortunately I had fixated on the TBS badge and not the features of the fellow although I thought I would be able to recognize him if I saw him again, not having the batteries in the camera really hurt me here.

I was however running late for Anita Moncrief’s Innis dinner which I had promised to attend at 12 so I excused myself. I had forgotten the location which was on my older laptop back in the room where my uploads were continuing from so after some false started I ran back to my room up, got the location while Stacy was typing next to me and headed out.

I ran into Patrick Howley on the way who wanted the story for the Daily Caller. I told him what happened and he asked if he could us my laptop to write it. I declined saying I might need it at the event but he was welcome to go to my room and use my other one, Stacy could let him in. He asked for the key but I told him to knock as I wasn’t comfortable with loaning the key to a room in someone else’s name out.

When I got back I got a call from Alex Pfeiffer who was doing the writing proper and answered any questions he had. That’s when I noticed those other tweets. Additionally Stacy McCain had Fox news on with Shep Smith who was going on about how the press doesn’t make fake news, that pissed me off so I tweeted this:

Now you might be asking yourself: Hey DaTechGuy why didn’t you tweet or gab this out on your new laptop?

Well it’s because until CPAC I had been using the new laptop exclusively for playing Civilization VI. In fact DaWife bought it based on my son’s specs or optimum gameplay. Not only did I not have Gab or twitter on it, but I hadn’t set up email their either so if I tried to reset my passwords I wouldn’t see the emails.

Remember I’m “DaTechGuy” because I used to do Tech Support and majored in computers in the Fortran/ccl years and worked at Raytheon with clearance during the cold war, not because I like gadgets. I haven’t even connected the phone dawife bought me to the net because I don’t want hackable data on my phone, I just want the ability to make calls while traveling.

The first place I saw the story reported was at Jeff (Yid’s) site

And the president was right. After his speech was over, my friend Peter, DaTechguy wrote:

Would you believe a guy from TBS asked me if I had solitaire on my computer and asked me to bring it up so he could get a shot of someone playing solitaire during Trump’s speech. HOW DARE HE! HOW DARE HE EXPECT ME TO SET UP A PHONY SHOT FOR A PHONY MEME! That’s so dishonorable!

I wonder if the TBS guy made the request as a favor because TBS is owned by the same company as CNN.

I then saw the story at the daily caller titled:
Blogger Claims TBS Tried To Stage Fake News At CPAC
Alex managed to spell my name wrong “Injimi” and I didn’t like “claims” at first but after thinking about it, without the name of the person and not having been there it was not an unfair characterization. However he did manage to confirm a suspicion of mine:

TBS does not have a news program, however, the network hosts the popular news satire show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” A CPAC spokesman told TheDC that TBS was credentialed for the event and in relation with the Samantha Bee show.

and I liked being called a “popular” blogger. One hopes people like the site but it was nice to hear someone else write it.

TBS wisely refused comment, a denial risks the story being corroborated by any of the folk next to me like the Yahoo crew, while admitting it would confirm unethical behavior.

Now as anyone who reads this site knows I was a Cruz Supporter who endorsed Trump just before the convention and rather famously doubled down on my support of him after the Bush tape came out. If you are a member of the left who doesn’t know me and you choose not to take my word without further evidence that’s certainly your prerogative and not an unreasonable decision to make.

Although I would inquire of the Samantha Bee show and ask if they did this or not if I was you.

As for myself, I didn’t care for her before and I care for them less now.

A postscript. as I was returning from the Innis event I ran into the college kids I interviewed. They were downcast, they had been interviewed by a leftist site and figured they had been played by them to make them look foolish and asked my advice. I told them if approached by anyone you don’t know or trust in that way agree to interviews on the condition that you are able to film them as they film you.

If they decline presume dishonesty and decline as well. I’d certainly give that advice to anyone approached by TBS at CPAC or elsewhere.

Update: Instalanche Thanks Glenn, it will take a few weeks to post all the interviews I did at CPAC but you might want to check out this post about a historic CPAC 1st and this one about the latest comedy from Evan Sayet that the late night hosts will ignore.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here). Be aware that due to the sheer volume of videos to upload if I interviewed you it might be days before you see it here

2/25
Voices of CPAC 2017 Author Matt Margolis On DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court

2/24
Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom Wenzel of EWTN & Alberto Calamaro of Radio Maria
The Media Narrative Hunt at CPAC
Voices of CPAC 2017 Donald Trump Single lines from CPAC speech as he makes them
Voices of CPAC 2017 the Indefatigable Kira Innis

2/23
Voices of Cpac 2017 Steve & Shen, Ed Morrissey of Hotair and a Kellyanne Conway Cannoli Story
Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Vernuccio
CPAC 2017 Photos & Brief videos from the Sean Hannity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advocates: Melissa of Able Americans, Matt of American Majority
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #NeverTrump to Evangelical Coordinator) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall

2/22

Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Republican (and Kasich delegate)
CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

2/21
Some Quick pre-cpac video and thoughts

2016 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

If you like the work I have done at CPAC and wish to support it (along with paying for the ER & Surgery bills for DaWife’s illness that our insurance doesn’t anymore (thanks Democrats and Obamacare!) and help make up for the two weeks of unpaid work I’ll miss during her recovery please consider hitting DaTipJar




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