US Presidential Inauguration will be live-streamed in 360-degrees with customized Nikon KeyMission 360 cameras


The US Presidential Inauguration that will take place on January 20th will be live-streamed by USA Today in 360-degrees with customized Nikon KeyMission 360 cameras:

"The stream will include multiple VR camera angles positioned at the Capitol, the National Mall, and along the inaugural parade route for a fully immersive experience. The cameras are provided by Nikon, who is working exclusively with USA TODAY NETWORK using a customized KeyMission 360 camera that allows the NETWORK to livestream in 360-degrees via in-camera stitching."

Here is the full press release:

USA TODAY NETWORK’s ‘VRtually There’ to Livestream Presidential Inauguration in Virtual Reality and 360

MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) (“Gannett”), parent company for USA TODAY NETWORK which currently comprises USA TODAY and 109 local media brands including Arizona Republic and Indianapolis Star, today announced that on January 20, 2017, it will transport its readers to Washington, D.C. to experience the inauguration of Donald Trump through multi-platform virtual reality and 360-degree coverage.

“We’re excited for the next iteration of our VR storytelling with the livestream of the presidential inauguration”

The stream will include multiple VR camera angles positioned at the Capitol, the National Mall, and along the inaugural parade route for a fully immersive experience. The cameras are provided by Nikon, who is working exclusively with USA TODAY NETWORK using a customized KeyMission 360 camera that allows the NETWORK to livestream in 360-degrees via in-camera stitching.

This event will be the first livestream VR content produced by USA TODAY NETWORK on its ‘VRtually There’ show. Launched in October 2016 as an ad-supported weekly VR show, ‘VRtually There’ has reached more than five million views on multiple platforms.

The livestream will be available in VR headsets via the USA TODAY channel in the YouTube app. The livestream will also be available in 360-degree format via the USA TODAY YouTube channel for desktop and mobile users.

USA TODAY NETWORK’s streaming coverage of the inauguration begins at approximately 9:30 am as invited VIPs take their seats and musical performances begin.

“We’re excited for the next iteration of our VR storytelling with the livestream of the presidential inauguration,” said Russ Torres, Vice President of Video Content for USA TODAY NETWORK. “We believe that VR offers a unique storytelling ability, and we will continue to provide our readers with the opportunity to experience events such as the inauguration like never before.”

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  • New Yoko

    I just returned that potato camera after 2 months, the result was not worth the effort.

  • Aldo

    How dare you insult Trump supporters. I expect “Just Me” to protest your comment and this post altogether as according to him he must ” expose and eradicate bad manners”

    • Just Me

      I voted you up since I didn’t have a cookie. 🙂

      • Aldo

        Does that mean you yield? Or you learned to pick your battles?

        • Just Me

          It means I respond to every situation as I see fit and independent of everything else. Some times to better affect than others.

          Where have you been? You’ve missed a rousing debate.

          • Aldo

            I sat this one out. Such discussions are entertaining but pointless. Neither side gives in even if faced with irrefutable evidence. I don’t consider myself a conservative or liberal… I’m on the side of common sense and usually find myself somewhere in the middle. I don’t believe in having to swallow and defend ‘all’ of the ideals of either side in order to be part of a crowd. Extremism is what has this country so divided and I choose not to be part of it. Extremism is often harvested by politicians in order to gain the support required for their goals… how about our goals? The goals of common citizens. We are the motor of this nation, not them. I keep it simple. I focus in my life and in raising my children with the same good values that have made me a decent man… one generation at a time… and with time, such petty differences will vanish in the face of new challenges that will force us to come together. We just don’t know it yet.

            • dclivejazz

              Normally, I would agree with you, but the Pres-elect is such a foul and unhinged individual that the threat to our democracy and to people everywhere is severe. There’s nothing normal about him and he has to be actively opposed, not just ignored. Unfortunately for me, this means having to get more involved in politics than I would like to. Now is a time when one must make a stand.

            • Just Me

              So, what are you doing to oppose him, although I think you should concentrate on his agenda which would be a far more effective use of your time? Our collective comments on NR are completely meaningless.

            • Aldo

              And you should make a stand and fight for what you believe in, but there are many reasons why he won. He is just one man….He didnt vote himself into office. It’s easy to blame him and ignore the rest. He is like an infected wound that became a ” threat to democracy” only after years of neglect to an injury. Something is off. If everyone was happy and well, no way Trump could win. I don’t mean to just sit there and do nothing… but rather take action and work towards solving the real issues rather than argue incessantly on the internet.

            • DaveyJ

              dclivejazz: better stick to camera related comments here. These political offensive comments serve absolutely NO purpose here! Want to pull down Nikon Rumors to gutter level? Again suggest YOU look at the Dwight David Eisenhower transistion to John Kennedy! You don’t obviously have enough world or strategic background to make the comment you did…….get back to camera comments, or just plain get lost!

            • dclivejazz

              I joined in with other political comments on this occasion on this site. You have zero knowledge of my background just as I have zero of yours. As for myself I have a strong background in history, including a degree in it. The main point, though, is you can’t shut me up, or the voices of legions like me. I will be very active in opposing the likes of our President elect, despite my distaste for political activity, including my participation in this Saturday’s Womens’ March in DC.

            • DaveyJ

              You are an armchair expert. That is all you are. You can’t fix a damn thing around you and you want to tell people how to run a country! The item for discussion was the Nikon 360 camera. Not your take on politics. The farthest you will get will be Manassas. Not D.C. First Battle of Bullrun country. Had they south kept going the Civil War might have been quite different. You have never yourself been in a war zone…so you think disrupting our country is really cool.
              Obviously you are into political activity which is what you were doing when you fired off your note to me. Please note….I have never seen your stuff on Nikon Rumors until,this thread! Say again, get lost….and I also will say you ARE very much lost….I know Women who look at your posts with great anger.

            • dclivejazz

              You must be new to this site if you haven’t seen any of my Nikon related posts. They are 99.9% photography related, as is apprpriate. Other than that, I will stand up for myself and my beliefs without attacking you personally, as I have not so far. So take it easy. This is the last I will have to say to you though. Have a good night.

            • mexiapolis

              Thank you!

            • Just Me

              I completely agree with you. My complaint has solely been the extreme venom displayed by some individuals. I’ve always, only told people to vote for whom they like. Personally, I don’t like Mr. Trump. I just preferred him over the alternative which is what I assume a lot of people did, from both sides.

              So, just out of curiosity, whey did you start the Trump bashing the last time? I figured your comment to this article was mostly aimed at me.

            • Aldo

              I bash Trump all the time…He isn’t presidential (as I stated in that comment you are referring to) and has respect for no one. Many see this as a good thing. Personally I think it’s as disgrace to have him as a president. I don’t wish for his failure though, just to come back here (or twitter)and brag about it (like he does).

    • animalsbybarry

      Last time I checked we still have a constitutional rite to criticize him
      But I expect that rite will soon be taken away from us

      • Just Me

        You can criticize people and still exhibit good manners doing so. I’ve tried it a few times and, surprisingly, it makes your critique much more effective.
        I can’t imagine he would try to remove your right to free speech…he enjoys arguing too much. 🙂

        • animalsbybarry

          He will be arguing with all the reporters from thier jail cells

          • Just Me

            We’ll see.

        • animalsbybarry

          I am not able to think of anything polite to say about him

          • Just Me

            “Polite” is how you say something, not what you say.
            For example, “You have to admire his ability to tell someone to ‘go to hell’ and make them look forward to the trip.”
            See?

            • animalsbybarry

              No, I don’t see

              I do not see why anyone would have any desire to be polite to him…. except out of fear of retaliation

            • Just Me

              How one reacts to something says quite a bit more about the individual than it does the thing they’re reacting to. I think you’re probably too old to be so dramatic.

            • Be classy by being polite while telling him he’s a sociopathic liar who has no manners, is a bully, and makes every previous “worst president in history” no longer fit the epithet.

        • Allen_Wentz

          The man is a constant bully. Bully behavior pretty much is an attempt to remove the object’s right to free speech.

          He got away with his mean, bully behavior because he was born rich. Unfortunately now we get to watch a bully as President, which is very scary.

        • “You can criticize people and still exhibit good manners doing so.” ………. HE DOESN’T

          • Just Me

            So your standards for yourself are limited by the standards of others?

    • animalsbybarry

      ” How dare you insult Trump supporters”
      Where the Hitler supporters who voted him into power responsible for his rise to power ??????

      • Aldo

        That’s why the founding fathers elaborated the electoral college… the actual people who vote. In case a ‘tyrant’ was voted in by the people. If they were not to disqualify someone like Trump, then who? They may as well get rid of that and just have the election be decided by popular vote. I understand smaller states would suffer the consequences long term… but silencing 3 million votes is something not to be overlooked… especially if Trump causes some serious damage.

        • animalsbybarry

          Very convenient…

          He tells you over and over again about all the horrible things he plans to do
          All the war crimes he plans to commit
          The millions of people he plans to persecute
          The nuclear weapons he wants to use
          The giant armies he plans to build
          The reporters he wants to throw in jail
          The countless dictators that he admires for being strong leaders

          And you vote for him and elect him

          Then when he actually does these things you take no responsibility for them !!!!!!!

          • Aldo

            I did not vote for Trump

            • animalsbybarry

              Then this comment is for those who did

  • Reilly Diefenbach

    Gag me with a spoon.

  • akkual

    Jokes aside, this most likely has been decided way before the election was (and is more tied to USA Today). And in marketing wise it is a sure bet, because in either winning case, the whole world will be watching for sure.

    • Eric Calabros

      Would be so embarrassing for a country that providing gears needed for covering its most important official event end up more financially destructive to the provider than beneficial.

      • animalsbybarry

        Not nearly as embarrassing to the country as the star of the event

        • Just Me

          I’m certain he’ll be embarrassing to a segment of the country.

          • Allen_Wentz

            Not just a segment. The _majority_.

    • animalsbybarry

      The joke will not be put aside….he will be sworn in as president

    • Wade Marks

      Correct in that Nikon is not to blame for being associated with the Trump inauguration. As you mentioned, this was planned way in advance, and Nikon should sell their equipment to any media organization. This is in no way an endorsement of Trump.

  • Brian Arndt

    Why are you making me hate you Nikon?

    • Just Me

      I guess they thought you’d already switched to Fuji since they missed your deadline. :-/

  • Eric Calabros

    Millennials gonna boycott Nikon. Oh wait.. they wouldn’t buy any dedicated camera anyway 🙂

    • Millennials aren’t nearly as brand loyal as the old salty dogs shooting with their tried and true flappy mirror digital cameras (that are still based around the concept of a roll of film). I’m not hating on DSLRs, just stating facts.

      Since Nikon looks unable and unwilling to change, that sadly guarantees their fate. I really like Nikon and I’d hate to see them go away, but the future is already here and evolving quickly. Just look at Sony’s a7 FF mirrorless cameras that are about to debut their third generation models.

      If Nikon hasn’t already gotten real scared, and real hard to work, then their 100ty birthday party is going to feel more like a funeral.

  • point

    Well, the event will undoubtedly be filmed with Canon and Sony HDTV gear and lenses as well. I guess we will all have to switch to Pentax.

    • Fly Moon

      I am not sure what your point is?

      • Winslow H

        The point is that anyone foolish (and I’m putting that mildly) enough to boycott Nikon over this might want to check on all the other gear being used at the event. Word is that Putin has a thing for Canon cameras…

        • Fly Moon

          Got it 🙂

  • Spy Black

    I wonder if the Snapbridge connection will drop at the critical moment..

    • Leaving them open to losing business and tarnishing their reputation for reliability? Not a chance. News is news, and doesn’t not approve or disapprove, but shows what is. At least it should.

  • I heard they were sticking one up Trump’s a$$. Maybe we’ll finally see his tax returns.

    • I doubt you’d be able to see anything other than the shit he’s full of.

  • An American in Canada

    360º of shame…

    • catinhat

      Calling yourself “An American in Canada” just rubs it in.

  • Andrew

    Too bad, this is an historic moment to make America great again!

    • Neopulse

      What a “drone” comment. You have the red cap I imagine also.

      • Andrew

        With all of the jobs that have already been exported overseas, anyone that respects American workers and reverses the massive gutting out of the American industrial base is good in my books. I am a high skilled worker (i.e. professional) but not everyone is as fortunate. Surely you are not against making America great again, are you?

        • catinhat

          When was America great exactly? — Before the Civil Rights movement or before the New Deal and the Great Society? Or was it before women could vote, or before the Civil War?

          Let me tell you when America is great. It is great every day when Americans stand for what is right, and what is decent. It is great when Americans stand against bigotry, discrimination, and hate. It is great when they make personal sacrifices for the common good. It is great when they protect the vulnerable and the needy. It is great when decent Americans fight for everything Trump is against as he demonstrated time and again in word and deed even before he became a president,

          • Andrew

            I agree with you on much of your sentiments, but you are judging Trump by the misinformation the media has promulgated. Trump’s business empire hired and treated their workers with respect, and that included women, blacks, Hispanics, and everyone else fairly by all accounts it seams. Trump has been in the public eyes for over 30 years without us hearing these outrageous accusations.

            What a lot of people are doing by attacking Trump is not honorable. Wait and see what he does in office as opposed to insulting him and calling him by all sorts of derogatory names.

            The election is over and the Democrats have lost because instead of focusing on the needs of Americans and the unemployment in the country they were trying to destroy their opponent. Well it did not work and the American people did not buy it. All of the Polls by the mainstream news media did nothing to win them their favorite candidate. I believe that Trump is going to be a great President and will do more for women and minorities than all of the other administrations in the last 30 years. Trump visited Mexico and Black Churches and is being embraced by Black leaders around the country. In addition many Blacks, Hispanics, and Women voted for him. It is now time for us to move on and focus building America while not neglecting our responsibilities to humanity (the poor) around the world.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Andrew you have some kind of weird blinders on. Just go look at the 1973 Trump Racism Consent Decree to better understand the bigot you think so highly of.

              And Trump’s anti-Muslim and anti-women comments during the campaign were not some kind of “biased media.” Any fool can go look at the direct video.

              But the bigot says things like “Mexicans love me” and you apparently believe him. Never mind all the clear factual info to the contrary you could find for yourself since you distrust all sources except lying Donal Trump.

            • Andrew

              You are distorting Trumps comments. He said that he has no problem bringing Arab refugees into the country. But he is opposed to bringing in tens of thousands of young men from regions like Syria where a lot of fighting is happening with all types of elements and may cause security and safety problems for Americans. Trump is a realist and nothing about his statements in that regard is racist. He is expressing a view that has nothing to do with racism.

              But radical Islam is a problem that we have not seen among many of the other religious groups to the same degree. It is this minority group of people that Trump is concerns about. That does not make him racist.

              I generally trust people and I feel that most people are good whether Blacks, Whites, Women, Hispanics, Arabs, etc. I an simply analyzing the situation objectively and not allowing some reporter to influence me with biased information.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Nonsense. Like I said before, Andrew you have blinders on. During the campaign Trump said he wanted a ““total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Not just a few radical Islamists.

              Open your eyes! Don’t try to fault “the media,” just do your own homework. This is 2017 and direct video evidence of the bigot himself is readily available.

              Start by looking up the facts of the racism consent degree I referred you to.

            • Andrew

              Trump was running a campaign and he is a bit of a showman and made statements to excite the crowd 😉

              But if you listen to his many interviews then you will understand that he is talking about the massive refugee population fleeing from the Syrian Civil War in the Middle East and not Muslims wanting to come to America from around the world.

              What Trump said is that at the moment there are so many radical Muslims doing violent crimes in the Middle East that it is impossible to tell the difference between the good ones and the bad ones. Have you not seen the attacks in Europe?

            • What we hear is a pathological liar who says whatever he thinks will fit the moment. When he takes office and has to start governing, he can no longer be the shape shifter he has been throughout the past few years. He’s going to have to commit to paper whatever he signs, and that legacy will show him for what he is.

            • animalsbybarry

              Hitler made his claims about the Jews too
              And his followers believed him too

            • You are not objective. No one is. And you are not saying accurate things about what Trump has said. He wants a flat ban on Muslims immigrating. Period.

            • What you are saying about Trump is simply not true. He stiffed workers on his casinos, the contractors, and the student of his fraudulent University. His family was prosecuted for denying blacks acces to their housing. The list goes on and on of how he is not what you are claiming. It’s hard to imagine anyone could possibly believe the line you’re selling.

            • animalsbybarry

              Foreign investors offered then NY Mayor Rudy Juliani 12 billion dollars for the unused west side railroad yard property
              He refused to sell it to them for 12 billion but instead sold it to Donald Trump for 3 billion dollars !!!!!

              Trump then got special zoning from him and built a wall of the tallest buildings along the upper west side, blocking anyone else’s riberside view

              He then turned around sold the property to a Japanese corporation for 18 billion dollars

              Juliani become Trumps biggest spokesperson during the election

              I truly cannot understand why they are not in jail for the second biggest fraud in history instead of where they are now

              I say the second biggest fraud in history
              The biggest fraud in history is his presidency

            • Allen_Wentz

              Your claim that folks “are judging Trump by the misinformation the media has promulgated” is absurd. We judge the bigot Trump by his own words that we watched him say and that were recorded on video.

              Trump HIMSELF refuses to release his tax returns. Do you seriously think he is not hiding some very significant bad info about his behavior?

              Trump HIMSELF bragged about routinely “grabbing women by the pussy.” Yet you think such a slug should be POTUS.

              Trump HIMSELF said we should prohibit all Muslims except returning armed forces personnel from entering the USA.

              We could go on ad nauseam with lies and evil statements spouted directly by our incoming POTUS. Blaming “the media” is worse than absurd.

        • Neopulse

          Jobs being exported overseas have been going on for ages, forcing PRIVATE companies to stay or tax them (actually we get taxed) is not the incentive to promote growth or contribute to the economy. He caused businesses to lose significant amounts including taxpayers money. So no, he’s not making America great, he’s deforming it. It’s not the land of the free if he continues his idiocy. The industrial base like coal and steel are SEVERELY being reduced or replaced, it’s the way of life.

          • Trump is an antidote to the bitter realities of a 21st century economy that people can’t or don’t want to face.

            Even at Deloitte, one of the world’s biggest and. It’s successful accounting firms, senior managers are being directed to push as much staff work as possible to India. I have a few friends that have had to carry this out. I’m talking about American CPA’s that are literally losing work to Indian bookkeepers. This is so that the partners in the firm can either “stay competitive in the industry” or “keep their massive salaries” (both views are valid). So, while blue collar workers lost their “unskilled” work first, it is by no means is stopping there. Everything is becoming more competitive now, and the younger generation (as well as the pissed off old generation) are paying– and will continue to pay– a significant price until we nuke the work or are taken out by a pandemic. lol. Sounds bad, but it’s the truth. People will believe anything when they are desperate and scared. Hitler is just one example out of 10,000 great examples of humanity collapsing in on itself due to fear and all that it causes.

        • That’s like asking someone, “When did you start beating your wife?” It’s a straw man question, because it implies if you don’t like my guy you don’t want America to be great. In fact a majority voted against him, so don’t assume people think he is actually going to follow through with that promise because we don’t believe he is even capable of doing it.

        • If people are equating the unstoppable byproducts and consequences of efficient global capital and labor markets (i.e. “jobs shipped overseas”) with American not being “great” anymore, then America is in for one helluva nightmare going forward. (And least the people that buy into Trump’s brand of rhetoric anyway.)

          Everything you have in your house, and everything you consume (including Nikon cameras) is made possible through the “shipping of jobs overseas” and similar redistributions of labor and money.

          A shocking percentage of America don’t seem to realize that their entire lifestyle (the lifestyle that is it part and parcel of the American Dream) is made possible because of the loss of most blue collar manufacturing jobs. Your Nikon D810 would cost more than $10,000 if it were made in the era of “Great America” using American labor and ingenuity.

          If people *truly* cared more about keeping a manufacturing labor market in the United States than they do about the low prices made available through global trade, then people would boycott Walmart and Target and Amazon. Anyone who can’t tie those two pieces of the puzzle together (or are willing to believe that it can be undone, via “making America whatever again”) are living in a re-creation of the past, and/or are unable to reconcile with reality. I’m not calling them names, but they are, as the dictionary would define them, delusional.

  • catinhat

    This may boost their Russian sales.

  • Andrew

    President elect Donald Trump did what he had to do to win the election. Now he is mending fences. Oh wait, his comments were distorted by Fake News. And if you object, you’re fired!

    I believe Donald Trump has the potential to be the greatest president in US history. There is a difference between listening to him and reading news reports. One thing that stands out about him is that he speaks from his heart and I sense a high degree of honesty. His tough talk about China and Mexico is part of his negotiating tactic. But in his news conference he was quite conciliatory about Mexico and showed great respect for the nation and the Mexican people, a great start!

    • catinhat

      Yes, I’m sure his tough talk about the disabled journalist, the Gold Star family, the American judge of Mexican descent, the John McCain’s imprisonment in Vietnam, the women, the Mexicans, the Muslims, the Media, and the US Intelligence Services were all different parts of his negotiating tactics, and he won a lot of hearts and minds in the process.

      Let me ask you, — when did you graduate from Trump University?

      • Andrew

        You strike me as someone who likes to attack people, so why am I not surprised about your views. The Intelligence Services told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and we Iraq and over 1 million people have since died. Trump praised the people working in the Intelligence Services but is concerned about the politicization of the services. He said we had no business attacking Iraq and destabilizing Syria resulting in another 500,000 deaths.

        • Eric Calabros

          Muslims life in Iraq or Pakistan or Syria or wherever outside of US never been important for Americans, regardless of their sharp differences in political bias. It’s a fact, and we have to deal with it.

          • Andrew

            Americans are quite a generous people, but what I have discovered in my life here in America and living in England (so one might say Europe) is that the media has been corrupt and has been manipulating all of us. There are some very powerful and wealthy individuals and families that control the media which I never knew. These influences has also permeated the religious realm where many Church leaders seemed to have been planted to brainwash people.

            Anyway, the way the media, major corporations, and political elites panicked during the Trump campaign and started spreading misinformation with practically all of the media (TV and Newspapers) speaking with one voice became evident because of the Internet and social media.

            I no longer believe anything about China, Russia, Iran, Ukraine, Israel, or anything else the media has to report. Sometimes the bad guys are within.

            • catinhat

              Too much wrongheaded equivalence here. You would do yourself a favor by discriminating between credible and responsible media, which still exists both in the US and in the UK, and the purveyors of lies and “fake news”. It is not that hard. It is much easier though to throw your hands and say they are all bad. Just as some folks convinced themselves that the highly qualified woman who mishandled her emails was as bad as an incoherent know-nothing demagogue whose resume consists mainly of screwing over other people.

              And Bushes supported Clinton not because they agree on everything, but because they considered basic decency the minimal prerequisite, and everything else secondary. Whatever you may think of GW’s policies he wasn’t a hater.

            • animalsbybarry

              America had a choice
              The first Woman president
              Or the last president

              We will not make this mistake again

            • Andrew

              You said: “Whatever you may think of GW’s policies he wasn’t a hater.” Why don’t you go and tell that to the people of Iraq whose nation was destroyed by Bush. Actions speaks louder than words.

              I have subscribed to major news media and business journals for over the past 20 years which allows me a certain level of objectivity and I am appalled by their behavior in the recent elections. They panicked and revealed their total and utter bias. A report was done showing that about 95% of the media were aligned in their “fake news” reporting. Just observing the Brexit attacks is proof abundant.

              The Trump attacks were filled with fake news misinformation. Did you not hear Trumps first news conference remarks about the CNN fake news story just days before his news conference? Maybe we are both living on different planets.

              Trump has been in the public eyes for over 30 years and all of a sudden we are being sold all sorts of lies and distortions about him. I no longer get my news from the media, I listen to the person directly and form my own opinion. Many Americans feel betrayed by the media. The trust has been broken.

            • Wade Marks

              Andrew, CNN’s reporting on Trump and Russia were true. What Trump successful did was to confuse that with the leak by Buzzfeed of that unverified report.

              All CNN reported was that Obama and Trump had been told by intelligence sources that Russia may have compromising material on Trump that they could use for blackmail. That part is true and has been verified by many.

              So once again Trump lies and tries to cover up the real scandal.

            • catinhat

              CNN wouldn’t be on my list of the best media outlets. That said, they didn’t break any fake stories before the press conference. Sure Trump said that to deflect, because this is what he always does. He also said that he hadn’t had any dealings with the Russians because Russians said so. If this weren’t so grievous it would have been hysterical.

            • Andrew

              This is misinformation, please get your facts right. CNN released FAKE NEWS just before Trump’s first Press Conference, that is fact! And Trump called them out at his Press Conference. Good job Trump!

              Trump visited Russia just like many American business leaders, there is nothing wrong with that. Trump is a businessman and he went to Russia just like Exxon, McDonald, Microsoft, Google, etc. Yet all of a sudden you guys turn that into something of a problem just for your political interests. You attack anyone that opposes your party affiliation or political views.

              Russia is being attacked by the mainstream media as part of a political campaign. We are always attacking one foreign nation after another, this is alienating a lot of foreign nations from Americas. We are now facing opposition political candidates in France, Germany, and many European nations and that is not good for American interests.

            • pedantic_brit

              Hasn’t Trump been a major proponent of fake news over the years with the “birther” story?

            • Wade Marks

              Andrew, you repeat all types of crazy conspiracy theories.

              Trump benefited from the media that allowed him far more free airtime than any other candidate…airtime that amounted to billions of dollars worth. There was no conspiracy; only a media that didn’t know how to cover Trump and his unprecedented lying and deception.

            • Andrew

              Wade, you are right on this point, and that is that the media did not know how to handle Trump 😉

              I agree with you that Trump used the media to his advantage, but it is because he is an astute businessman. The media has never seen such a phenomenon before even as Trump turned his supporters against them. But unfortunately for the media, they did not have any answer for him because most of the reporters are talking heads and not strategists.

              I would not go as far as saying that Trump was lying. He speaks his mind and that is what many Americans found so refreshing as they saw his performances in many interviews. The American people viewed the media as part of the establishment and as a result felt that they were being manipulated by the media. When you contrast what Trump speaks and what was being reported, it is not hard to come to the same conclusion. Trust in the mainstream media has been destroyed among most Americans and that is a bad thing for the nation when we cannot trust the news we are getting. That is why it is being characterized as Fake News. And this term is being directed at the mainstream media.

              So your characterization of conspiracy theory does not not apply here as my views are formed by what I heard Trump say as opposed to what some blogger is reporting. I am dealing with “facts” which as an engineer is part of my training to factor into my views. So you should not throw terms like “conspiracy theory” recklessly as that is a labeling strategy to undermine your opponents arguments – which is a form of cheating in a debate (though that may not be your intent in this case).

              Trump is a smart guy and he has won a difficult election by convincing Americans and many of the young people in the country that there is a serious problem in the nation that he can fix. And that includes trust and integrity. For example, the official government report is that the unemployment rate is 4.9%. In economic terms that means full employment. Trump says that it is a lie, who do you believe? The American people know that unemployment is a big problem as anyone that does not qualify for benefits is considered to be employed. Does that make sense to you? The problem for Trump is that he speaks his mind honestly, and the establishment does not like that. But his forthrightness is why Trump won the election.

        • Allen_Wentz

          Do not blame “The Intelligence Services” for the actions of the Bush/Cheney administration and Republican Congress. Bush/Cheney cherry picked the info they wanted for their own reasons, i.e. responding to the wishes of their Big Energy constituency.

          • Andrew

            Good point, I agree with you though I was not blaming the Intelligence Service. But what you expressed is I think the main reason why Trump is cautions about the Intelligence Reports on Russia. The Intelligence Service has a lot of brilliant professionals, it is the decisions that are made at the top by political appointments that gives him (Trump) caution.

      • Just Me

        Like him or not, he IS kinda honest. I’ve heard people of every stripe make comments that reflected their thoughts at the moment but wouldn’t act on. We’ll see what he does…like him or not.

        • An American in Canada

          He’s honest in his never ending lying, if that is what you mean…

          • Just Me

            Surprisingly, that’s not what I meant at all. Not that it warrants it, but you might want to read my comment a little slower.

            • An American in Canada

              That wasn’t an attack on you, I’m just trying to understand your meaning when you say he is honest. Honesty would usually imply one is not lying, which he does constantly. That said, he is “honest” in the sense that he says what is on his mind and what he intends on doing, whether or not it is true.

            • Just Me

              There’s a difference between lying and being wrong. Sometimes he, as well as everyone, is wrong. I’m loath to say someone is lying.
              I agree with the rest of your comment.

            • An American in Canada

              Fair enough. I suppose I should have said that he is constantly wrong, then…

            • Neopulse

              You have terrible memory apparently, you should see a doctor about that memory loss. Referring to “he doesn’t lie.” One of the most ignorant comments ever posted here.

            • Just Me

              Who are you quoting?

            • Neopulse

              I misquoted, “Like him or not, he IS kinda honest.” he is far from honest. He lies like all the time to people in his rallies, the media, etc. Like every promise he backtracked on entirely during and after the election. There are webpages dedicated to people who keep track of his statements and lies. And he’s been wrong NUMEROUSLY more times. It’s ridiculous. The man has no integrity and no sign of respect for anyone despite being called out on his own stupidity. He is the least humble or logical individual I have ever witnessed

            • Just Me

              I can’t imagine you will, but if you researched statements from people who know him (at all levels and throughout his life), you’ll be very surprised. Well, except for the humility part! 🙂

            • Neopulse

              I am saying his from statements he has (unfortunately) stated frequently and annoyingly. There’s no way a normal IQ’ed individual can be in accordance to all his statements, and blindly at that, and not question whatsoever the logic, validity and the integrity of his words and character.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Lying is when one intentionally speaks untruth. Just wanting it to be true at the moment one speaks it does not make it true.

              Trump is a liar.

            • Just Me

              You must have access to information unavailable to the rest of us.

        • animalsbybarry

          How can anyone believe he is honest ?

          • Just Me

            See my conversation with “An American in Canada,” below.

        • catinhat

          I don’t confuse the lack of political correctness with honesty, I call it lack of respect. And I don’t confuse denigrating groups of people with honesty, I call it bigotry. Of course what he was saying was reflecting thoughts of many people, their darkest thoughts, their worst impulses. Under the thin veneer of civilization and culture there lives a caveman, a brute, a tribal barbarian. But do we want a leader who appeals to our inner caveman? This happened many times before, and every time it ended up in a disaster.

          • Just Me

            If you lived in a different galaxy, Ursa Major would just be a bunch of random stars. The objective truth of a matter can rarely be seen from a single perspective. I can certainly appreciate your point of view. Can you offer the same courtesy?

            • catinhat

              I’m not sure what you mean. You want me to say that not all Trump voters are awful human beings. I can certainly say that. I’m sure some were misinformed, some were single issue voters, some just voted the party line because this is what they had always done, some had a genuine grievance which obscured the rest of the picture. Many of these will be severely disappointed in the near term by the repeal of the ACA from which they benefited, and from many other things yet to come. And then there is the basket of deplorables, and before this election I could have never imagined what a big basket that was. I’ll never see this country with the same eyes, that’s for sure.

            • Just Me

              Believe it or not, I agree with most of what you wrote. However, for everyone disappointed by an eventual repeal of the ACA, there will be others happy about it. You can’t please everyone.

              As for the “basket of deplorables,” according to Mr’s Clinton, it’s roughly half the country. You really believe that? If so, you must be pretty sad to live in such a place.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Yes I am sad that _my_ country managed to elect a born-rich narcissistic bigot who cares only about himself, refuses to release his tax records, lies as a matter of course and brags about “grabbing women by the pussy.”

              I am very sad and embarrassed for our country.

            • Just Me

              Now you know how some of us (some more than others) have felt for the last eight years. So, I’ll enjoy my small respite, you’ll lick your wounds and we’ll do battle again in four years. Looking forward to it as long as we can shake hands afterward.

            • Wait, you felt bad for the last 8 years because you didn’t have a narcissistic bigot as president? Or what are you implying?

            • catinhat

              I consider myself very lucky to live in a deep blue area of a very blue state, and this gives me hope I’ll survive the next four years.

              I also think that the magnitude of the events we’re witnessing will energize the upstanding Americans, millions of those who value civil liberties over tax breaks and content of the character over color of the skin, like never before. Perhaps we are on the verge of a new Civil Rights era, and will come out of it all the better when all is said and done.

              Although it is very said indeed that we seem to have to re-fight the same battles in every generation. In the cultural sense the Civil War has never been brought to full conclusion.

            • Just Me

              I agree in theory. The events of the past eight years, and then some, are what led to Trump winning. I’m not referring to a liberal agenda but rather the self-serving actions and inactions of Congress and a general abandonment of base line principles in service to special interests, both on the Left and the Right.

              I’m not sure I understand what you mean about the Civil War not being brought to conclusion. I think our current “battles” are unrelated. Of course we would disagree as to what the current problems are. I would love to see us discuss our differences of opinion with respect for each other and our ideas. Well…except for your ideas! JK 😉

            • catinhat

              I agree with the first half of what you are saying, and disagree with the second. The PEOTUS had deliberately played the White nationalist card on the campaign trail, something that has a very long history in this country, and was endorsed by the KKK. And yet this hasn’t stopped millions from voting for him. This ought to tell you something.

            • Just Me

              Nationalism is like any other philosophy: a healthy dose (whatever that is) can be a good thing while too much is unhealthy. Regardless of the degree to which he took it, I reject the idea that it was “white” nationalism. His view toward illegal immigration has nothing to do with the color of anyone’s skin. That’s a disingenuous construct designed to bring race into the debate. If you’re including in your analysis his questioning the possible bias of Judge Curiel, I think that, again, was based on his understanding of human nature with the specific race involved being coincidental.
              I’m quite certain a lot of members of the KKK love dogs. I love dogs. That tells me a lot of people love dogs.

            • catinhat

              We will have to agree to disagree here. I think race is in it big time. In fact, it’s been in it over the last eight years.

            • Just Me

              Agreed…about disagreeing. 🙂

            • Alphageist

              Same could be said about the other major candidate and their party. Just saying.

        • Wade Marks

          Trump is the most dishonest American politician of modern times. Most of what he says are lies.

          He began his political career with the lie that Obama was not born in America. Without that he’d have gone nowhere in the world of politics.

          He knows how to act well and project an image of candor, like he is telling it like it is…but in reality he’s the biggest liar on the stage.

          • Just Me

            So you would have been less happy with Hillary Clinton, who questioned Obama’s birthplace first? While, in fairness, she retracted her position later, was that honesty or political expediency? I really don’t know.

            • Wade Marks

              Hillary Clinton never questioned Obama’s birthplace, another Trump lie.

              Second, while Hillary was not perfect, she never lied on the scale that Trump did. Fact checker sites found that Clinton told falsehoods about 25 to 30% of the time…about average fora politician. But Trump lied about 70 to 75% of the time…off the charts even for politicians.

              You cannot justify a serial liar like Trump by pointing out the far lesser flaws of his political opponent. It would be like pointing to a shop lifter to justify murder, one crime to justify another far worse.

            • Just Me

              There appears to be evidence, on both sides of the question, as to whether or not Mrs. Clinton started the birther movement. It really comes down to which evidence you choose to believe.

              There are a lot of fact checker sites and their numbers vary.

              I don’t judge anyone by the acts of others. Given the two candidates, their history, and their visions for America, I made a choice as did you.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Nonsense. Do your own research and you will quickly see that Clinton did not start the birther movement.

              It does _not_ come “down to which evidence you choose to believe.” That is just a cop out of someone either looking for an excuse to believe the bigot Trump and/or too lazy to do the research.

            • Just Me

              Because I frequently do shoots a great distance from home, I try to do as much research as possible before leaving. I never rely on one source and when I find inconsistencies, I attempt to resolve them with further research, depending of course on their importance to the shoot.

              I didn’t “google” it…I researched it. I found articles that stated she had nothing to do with it, but with limited facts as well as articles that said she did, again with little in the way of facts. After a lot of research, I found a few in-depth articles pro and con leading me to the conclusion which I stated.

      • Wade Marks

        Let’s not forget that Trump just recently attacked Civil Rights hero and icon John Lewis, as we head into the Martin Luther King holiday.

        • Just Me

          You seem to be forgetting Mr. Lewis’s statements which prompted Mr. Trump’s reply. Both were…regrettable.

          • Wade Marks

            First off Trump could have disagreed with Mr. Lewis in a respectable way, without resorting to his usual personal and immature style of attacks. He actually accused him of being all talk and no action, when both his words and actions have changed America for the better.

            Second, Trump assumed that Lewis represents a poor district that is “falling apart” just because he is a black man. This is a racist stereotype and untrue. Lewis’ district is a very nice one in Atlanta, includes Buckhead, Georgia Tech, Emory University, etc.

            My guess is that Trump didn’t know of Lewis’ history in fighting for civil rights, and didn’t even know which district he represented. He just saw a black man and assumed the worst.

            • Just Me

              Mr. Trump acts as he does. You can’t fault him for that, you can only choose not to vote for him. I assume you did that.

              As for Mr. Lewis’s contributions to the Civil Rights movement, they were admirable. That doesn’t give him a pass to do anything he wants. His actions, including the interview in question, must stand on their own.

              I’m not defending Mr. Trump or attempting to denigrate Mr. Lewis. I think they were both in the wrong in the same way that I don’t think poorly of my adversaries in this debate. I would hope all discourse has the goal of fairly representing your own point of view without willfully misrepresenting that of your opponent. Both individuals (Mr. Trump and Mr. Lewis) failed in that regard which was regrettable.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Yes, Trump acts as he does. But yes I CAN fault him for that.

              I expect, DEMAND even, that a USA President-elect act like President of the world’s most powerful nation. Not like some thug Caribbean dictator.

            • Just Me

              As you already know, I disagree. I think a presidential candidate owes it to the electorate to act natural so they know who they’re voting for. Having done that, if he/she wins there’s nothing to complain about. You, and like-minded individuals, of course can and will complain about quite a bit of what Mr. Trump does. Although, I have to admit the way President Obama presents himself is one of the few things I like about him, along with his devotion to his daughters. Again, we’ll see how he does in both regards.

              Since I don’t always act the way I would like, and not being much younger than Mr. Trump, I feel compelled to give him, as well as everyone else, the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes they disappoint me and a lot of times, I disappoint others.

    • animalsbybarry

      You have been brainwashed by Russian propaganda

      • Andrew

        What Russian propaganda? We (America) are moving NATO to Russia’s border for what good reason? Russia had an alliance with Ukraine and we supported the overthrew of a legitimate government of Ukraine, why?

        The USSR gave the Russian Crimea to Ukraine and signed and agreement forming a lasting partnership with Russia and Ukraine, but Ukraine started making plans to join the European Union (which has a military alliance against Russia) in violation of the agreement, and the people of Crimea voted by over 90% to reunite with Russia; what is wrong with that? Don’t you understand world history and international law? Scotland had a referendum to leave the United Kingdom, and why should the Crimean people be any different?

        I guess you do not even know what I am talking about because you are not educated in these matters. I went to high school in England and graduated with an A in History. But since you apparently get your news from the Fake News media, I am not surprised you do not understand these things.

        • animalsbybarry

          That propaganda too
          But I was talking about the propaganda that won him the election

          • Andrew

            What propaganda did we get from Russia? With all of the news media attacking Donald Trump and telling us everyday all of the things Russia is doing wrong, how could they possibly have any influence in the election? If anything the propaganda has been against Russia. Let me explain below.

            The mainstream news media was constantly reporting Russia’s involvement in the war in Syria in their efforts in trying to defeat the rebels who were destabilizing the country resulting in the deaths of 500,000. Then the news media were constantly telling us about Ukraine where about 10,000 people had died over a period of a few years in an internal conflict telling us that Russia was supporting the rebels. Was that what they should have been reporting nearly everyday during a major presidential election in the US?

            The Chinese hacked over 20 million defense employee personal records and instead we had a fixation on Russia, why? Suddenly any hacking that was done was now reported as coming from Russia, why? It seems as if we were the ones creating a lot of propaganda against Russia. Most Americans were not interested in Russia before we started reading and seeing all of the news reports. So we went to the Internet to see what the Russian’s were saying and doing. We noticed again that the mainstream news media were giving us information that was different from what was being reported around the world. That caused many Americans to believe that we were receiving Fake News about Russia.

            Now what about the reported hacking. If you are talking about the email hacking or of the Democratic Party’s servers giving information to their candidates to use in the debates against Trump, even if the hacking was wrong, no one said that the information was false. Hacking a server is different from propaganda, so I do not know if you understand the distinction. I hope you understand that I am not trying to argue a point with you but to have an intelligent discussion of explaining my views which I am certain many other would be of the same opinion. Most Americans no longer trust the mainstream news media and I am one of them 😉

        • Wade Marks

          Andrew, congrats…you just repeated every Kremlin talking point.

          If you are referring to the recent troop deployments to Poland, please be aware that Poland does not share a border with Russia., just with a the Kaliningrad oblast of Russia, which is an exclave, unconnected to the rest of Russia. Another Kremlin talking point.

          Oh, and BTW, anytime you have a vote and one side gets over 90%, you can be certain that it was not a truly honest vote but a rigged vote set up by a dictator.

          • animalsbybarry

            He has made my point for me….brainwashed by Russian propaganda

          • Andrew

            International observers have noted that Putin has approval ratings that tops 80%. This fact is incontestable. Putin is not a dictator regardless of the Western propaganda. The Washington Post reports the following: “Russian President Vladimir Putin is very popular in Russia. Polling from the Levada Center puts him at an 82 percent approval rating as of last month. He hasn’t been beneath 60 percent since he rose to national attention in 1999.” His popularity is indisputable.

            The Crimea is 65.3% Russian. Russia has never in the past 200 hundred years given up its naval military port in Crimea even after its political and economic union with Ukraine in 1954 (the USSR transferring Crimea). NATO tried to break that union with Russia and that is why they supported the coup in Ukraine overthrowing the elected government. Why did we not oppose an undemocratic coup? Because it was not in our interest. Ukraine is a failed state and the people of Crimea want nothing to do with her and did not want to lose their alliance with Russia.

            The Poland deployment is a provocation to Russia, a major nuclear power that can turn our nation (America) into ash in 30 minutes. What if Russia formed an alliance with Mexico and put offensive weapons south of the boarder, how would you like that? I don’t think you remember the Cuban crisis. We in America need to be smarter than to embrace every news reported by the discredited mainstream media. Wade, you have every right to your views and I respectfully acknowledge it, I no longer feel the same about the mainstream news media. They have lost my trust.

            • Lol. Have you actually talked with people from, you know, Russia? Do you understand how approval ratings work in a dictatorship?

        • pedantic_brit

          I am a little concerned that you credit your education in England for your “ability” to discern fake news. When did you take your “A” levels? Perhaps the curriculum and standards have changed since I took mine.

    • Neopulse

      He doesn’t talk tough, where do you get this? With America paying for the wall instead of Mexico or his desire to expand his real estate into China hypocritically? He couldn’t “tough talk” his way out of a Sunday school.

      • Andrew

        Neopulse, you really are listening to the discredited media that is lying to you. Trump is a businessman and a strategist and he talks straight. I no longer listen to the media for my news, I listen to Trump directly and then form my own opinion of him. Let me prove my point and I hope you agree 😉

        Trump said that he is not going to wait for Mexico to pay to build the wall. He is going to fulfill his election promise by starting the building of the wall immediately. So that sounds to me that he is acting honestly.

        Your second point was also addressed by Trump but the mainstream media will not report it to you. So let me tell you want Trump said. He will request that the Mexican government reimburse the US for the building of the wall and if they refuse he will impose a tax on goods entering the US from Mexico. That will fulfill the second part of his promise.

        But let me also add that he said that he respects the Mexican government and people and they are very kind and knows that they have dealt with the United States with integrity and naturally put the interest of their people first. He blames the US government and businesses for not putting the nations interests first with regards to Mexico.

        • purenupe1

          Trump is a narcissistic liar

        • Neopulse

          I feel bad for your loss of logic and understanding of the world and basic economics.

          Mexico does not have the obligation to pay for anything. It’s beneficial actually for them not to in order to give incentive for multi-national businesses to go to Mexico (or other countries) rather than suffer ridiculous taxes unlike Trump who, if he does, tax Mexican imports, he’d be screwing the American citizens over in the process by provoking instantaneous inflation of 35% on imported goods.

          “He will REQUEST that the Mexican government reimburse the US for the building of the wall….” you almost made me shit myself from laughter.

          Next:

          “He blames the US government and businesses for not putting the nations interests first with regards to Mexico.”

          The US government is formed by a multitude of elected Republican and Democrat officials that have not been able to properly balance a damn budget in ages and not even a fully controlled Congress plans on doing it and even beating the debt increased for when Obama took office in a single term. When lobbyists, warhawks, legalized corruption take place, definitely bad results will happen to the economy and people.

          Businesses are to blame: Sorry but incorrect. Why would (automatically) private businesses be to blame? Why would a mom and pop shop down the street be at fault since they were just selling goods and creating jobs. Ahhh…. I see, you’re for the government controlled socialist (or communist) form of governing where businesses are to blame rather than attacking policies set by politicians.

          Let me tell you this, the government needs to have less power for one to never impose taxes and threats on private and successful businesses that DO create jobs all over the world and promote growth. Another point is that taxes are ridiculous already as it is, hence why businesses are leaving and tax evasion galore possible (Trump also is one of those) so adding more creates more job producers to leave or not even expand a business into the American populace to help create more jobs. The effect he has caused in such a short amount of time has created loss of faith in investing in businesses in America. Taxation is theft at that scale.

          You can see how he can easily scale back on promises even the wall itself is gonna be a fence according to his words, and pretend he’s doing it in the best interest of the nation despite screwing the people in the process with inflation and using the nations taxes as his piggybank when he doesn’t get what he wants?

          Essentially, you are deluded beyond comprehension like many unfortunately who are the first to be subjected to American populism who just gobble up anything he says blindly without thinking logically and objectively. I never though populism would reach America like in countries in South America and Asia.

          If you want businesses to not leave, then don’t fucking tax them or give them incentives to stay. It’s so basic, that if this guy can’t get a cut, he will fuck over consumer in the process.

    • Allen_Wentz

      Andrew you “sense a high degree of honesty.” Seriously? The man lies pretty much constantly, as verified by every Republican, Democratic or Independent fact-checking site.

    • purenupe1

      LOL Hillarous

    • How is his mending fences project going so far?

      • Andrew

        So that we keep in context, it is interesting how modern technology – whether it is with a Nikon camera or some other brand helps us to capture the political events that has just transpired in the nation. But now to your question.

        If you read the mainstream “fake new” channels, then not very good. But if you listen to his speeches and his answers to questions, then you know that the “special interest” media has been manipulating the public for generations.

        The problem is that there are too many people who do not value honesty and for them the end justifies the means. So if they are a Democrat, they criticize everything Republican, and if they are a Republican, they criticize everything Democrat. They are like sports fans that are wedded to their team.

        I spent 10 years in the University studying Engineering and Computer Science not to come dumb. Yet so many people pay more attention to commentators as opposed to going to the source and deciding for themselves. But that is their business. Donald Trump is 70 years old and has lived his whole life in the public eye. He hired people of all races in his organization. Now all of a sudden just because of peoples political bias they are trying to make him into what he is not.

        Trump is mending fences but the “fake news” mainstream media are fighting him “tooth and nail” trying to castigate and malign him and are aligning themselves more aggressively with the opposition (Democrats). In other words, they have become the opposition! In fact, Bloomberg News / Business Week surprised me the most as I have been a loyal subscriber of theirs for many years. I was quite shocked at their extreme partisanship and continued attack on President Trump and many of his nominations. Now I really no longer trust the business reporting I am getting from them and some other sources. I just do not like to feel manipulated.

        I love people of all races and I am not partisan to any political party. But when I saw the political establishment all ganging up against President Trump, that is, the Republicans and Democrats and both the left and right leaning news media and publications, and how they all panicked at his popularity, it surprised me and gave the appearance that underneath the facade of false partisanship, that they were all part and parcel of a single organism or organization.

        If that was not all, the mainstream fake news media trumpeted the so call popular vote. But where were their Ivy League editors who were supposed to report a more balanced news? Let us just look at probability theory. What is the probability that a lot of Trump supporters in California will go out and vote for him on election day when their State leans strongly towards the Democrats and thus Trump had no chances of winning the State? Would you go to the movies if you knew that by the time you got there all the tickets will be sold out? And the fact that the media attacked Trump right up to the elections and are still doing it lets me know that they cannot be trusted.

        So if these fake news guys want to continue to play out a small fringe of protesters and feed anti-Trump press to the world and you agree with them, then by all means hold on to your views. At least I am free of the biased media baggage. Many Americans feel betrayed by their political parties and rightly so.

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    I wonder how 360° video will be used. I don’t see an extra value it would bring other than seeing some distorted images swoop by causing nausea.

    Something American politics causes by it self more than enough.

  • Oh great, so we’ll be able to move the view around so we can see all the people who don’t want to be there. Or protestors overwhelming DC police. This is literally proof positive that the sky, the ground, audience, and just about everything that isn’t PEOTUS is more interesting than Donald Trump. After all, if you had a subject you wanted to put focus on, you would use a tele and put it on target. This is like taking an ultrawide angle lens to a portrait shoot – clearly the subject in question isn’t the main focus…am I the only one that thinks this isn’t what VR is for? It’s very static for one thing…

    • animalsbybarry

      This will be the historic last day of our democracy

    • Max

      A well funded excuse for someone to practice VR

  • doge

    This is pretty cool.

  • Neopulse

    Well at least the cover band performing will be seen by many.

    • Allen_Wentz

      Ultimately even the cover band refused to play for Trump.

      The service bands will play though because a minority of US voters just made Trump their boss.

      • Neopulse

        Yeah I heard a couple of days ago this news. Freaking hilarious

  • animalsbybarry

    Trump was not elected, he was Put-in power

    • Wade Marks

      Trump lost the popular vote huge. Without the ancient leftover of the electoral college, a system created to appease the old slave states, he would not even be president.

      He enters the office with the lowest approval rating of any new president in history. He has not made the usual efforts most president-elects do to unify and reach out; instead he is just combative and self centered as always.

      A cloud hangs over his presidency already, with his suspicious ties to Russia. Then there are the numerous conflicts of interest with his businesses.

      His transition has been the worst ever…with the least planning, preparation, etc…

      It will be up to all of us to use all of the powers of free speech to hold him in check.

      • animalsbybarry

        It has all happens before in exactly the same way
        1940 Germany
        Have we learned anything ???

    • AYWY

      If liberals continue to hold on to this propaganda instead of acknowledging there is really something wrong with them in the eyes of middle America – they’ll go on to lose the next election as well.

      Hoping Trump does something horrible enough to be impeached is quite a loser strategy.

      • Wade Marks

        I do agree that the Democratic party politicians do need to learn from this election.

        That being said…Trump narrowly won. He won by about 80,000 votes in 3 key swing states.

        As for middle America…I am sick and tired of people assuming that middle America only means white people. If you include people of color, Trump didn’t do so hot.

        But again, I do agree that Dems need to learn, run a better, more charismatic candidate next time, and one with less baggage, and one that does better reaching out to working class people.

        It’s hindsight, but Bernie Sanders would have won had he been the nominee.

        • Allen_Wentz

          Trump narrowly won the electoral count, which is our system. However never forget that a clear majority of the USA voted against him.

          • Jaroslav Charvát

            Clear majority? Clear majority is something like 75 %. If 75 % of voters voted against one candidate, that is clear majority. 50.1-ish or so isn’t.

            • Allen_Wentz

              It was _not_ “50.1-ish.” Trump lost the popular vote by about 2%, which was about three million voters. 3,000,000 voters is a pretty clear majority in my opinion.

      • Allen_Wentz

        What is “wrong” is that a minority of USA voters were dumb enough to believe the reality-TV type lies that Trump spewed to his base.

        Who would ever have believed that some born-rich narcissistic bigot could refuse to release his tax returns, brag about routinely “grabbing women by the pussy” and still get elected President of the most powerful nation on earth?

        Wow.

        • Just Me

          I once heard a historian comment on the fact that more than a few of our past presidents were womanizers. He said that ‘while that behavior is reprehensible in an individual, it’s actually advantageous in a president.’

          Man was I p*ssed!

          He went on to say, ‘The ability of an individual to convince a lot of women to acquiesce against their normal nature would serve them well in attempting to convince foreign leaders to being screwed as well.’ [emphasis is mine].

          Try as I might, I couldn’t fault his reasoning.

        • AYWY

          Which is an important point – how did the dems do so wrong?

          One thing libs need to do – stop spewing hate on those who voted Trump. You are supposed to win them to your side and show them the dems have an answer to their grievances. Continue with the hate mob and refusing to engage with your countrymen, and I’m not going to surprised we’ll get 8 years of Trump.

          • Neopulse

            Hate he provoked onto himself since the primaries. And sorry even Republicans, Dems and Independents hate the guy. I can’t be onboard with anything the idiot spews out constantly and it’s not even media-bias or any of the sort. Just listen to what he says, does and writes on a daily basis and you have more than enough reason to find him annoying as hell. He can never take responsibility for his actions, he deflects whenever he receives valid criticism (shown on numerous occasions) he lies very often to the people even on personal information and his behavior is already called into question for mental instability.

          • Allen_Wentz

            I am an Independent, not a Democrat. And yes I am very disturbed that Trump managed to push a bigot button in so many voters (fortunately a minority). But NO, I am not going to work to understand and share their bigotry.

        • FountainHead

          Like “if you like your current health plan, you can keep it”.

          Like “they were protesters upset about a movie”.

          Oh no wait. Those lies were someone else’s.

      • Neopulse

        he does have grounds for impeachment though

    • Michiel953

      Quite funny pun actually!

  • Just Me

    Wanna bet?

  • Simonh2159

    2017 will be a year that Vr comes of age in a year it will be everywhere. It will see the biggest leap in computer hardware technology for over twenty years. There is so much tech being realised this year. Intel new cpus and AMD ryzen and vega graphics cards this is gonna put vr. And 4 and 5 k. Experiences. Everywhere Nikon is ahead and inovative to get in on 360 filming. It’s just gonna be massive wil is changing everything and how we do it and interact with our world. Vr has been here for a while but now it’s gonna come to the masses like mobile phones have done

  • Michiel953

    The real political brawl is on DPR. Let’s have a few beers and go over there guys, might be fun!

  • nwcs

    Sheesh. If there is one constant from election to election it is the whining and moaning and predictions of doom. It doesn’t matter who is elected, their affiliation or anything else, people will declare it the end of civilization.

    The reality is not much changes and fairly slowly overall. Bureaucracy is designed to make change slower and no President is a king and, guess what?, they’re human and make mistakes.

    The only crime is in two parts: we don’t have good people to choose from because good people won’t run for office and the people vote based on feelings and not thought, record, or skills.

    Just for the record… in an ethical world both Trump and Clinton would be in prison for their various shenanigans but neither will due to power, wealth, and connections. But that is how it has been for generations. Nothing new here at all. Although I do agree too many buttercups need to grow up. Said that with the last administration as well.

    • Allen_Wentz

      Like nwcs says, “no President is a king,” but everything about the pure-narcissist President Elect’s actions suggest that “King” is the way Trump approaches his new position, including continuing close control of a billion-dollar business by relatives.

      • nwcs

        The complaints go both ways. Have been hearing and reading about “abuse of presidential power” for decades.

        Basically when your side is in office things seem to be ethical or right. When the other side is in power then clearly there are shenanigans and abuse.

        I think very very few politicians are altruistic or there for the common good. They are there for power and the gains of power. Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump… what’s the actual real difference?

        • Allen_Wentz

          Seriously you ask what is the difference?

          Start with the fact that only one of those refuses to release tax returns. What do YOU think he is hiding? How could anyone even consider voting for someone blatantly hiding info that critical?

          And Trump takes that arrogant narcissism into the Presidency, maintaining a billion-dollar house of cards with his name on it and managed by family. Financially the USA Presidency just became more like a dictatorship than like a democracy.

          • nwcs

            All I know is both sides seem to be masters of Fear, Uncertainty, and doubt.

  • so we can see Mr Muppet in all his racist glory

    • Kenmar

      Yep, it will be the last time to see Obama.

  • FountainHead

    Thank heavens for this discussion.
    It had been so quiet around here, you could hear Hillary deleting her e-mails.

    • mikeswitz

      Look….over there…..a squirrel. No really a squirrel.

  • animalsbybarry

    As we are talking I just saw an old twilight zone story about little Anthony
    A spoiled cruel little boy with the power to make anything happen just by wishing it
    Everyone hates Anthony and is terrified of him but they do everything they ca to be nice to him and keep him happy
    And anyone that fails to please little Anthony is destroyed

    I am afraid Trump might not like something I say and destroy me
    Or a world leader might displease Trump and his country might be incinerated by nuclear weapons
    Or some other world leader might just say enough is enough and destroy us with a massive nuclear strike

    Well he is now our president, welcome to little Anthony’s world

    • Michiel953

      Even though I don’t live over there, I echo your sentiments Barry.

      Still, the world will survive.

      • Allen_Wentz

        The world’s nations have been successfully doing a very careful dance for 70 years to keep from destroying themselves with a nuclear winter. Now suddenly the nation with the most nukes will have a leader who specifically disbelieves in careful dancing, and who has spent his entire life as a spiteful, born-rich bully. We all should be very fearful.

  • mikeswitz

    If John Lewis ain’t going, either am I. Who gives a f**k what cameras they use.

  • DonD

    Hopefully these cameras will provide the coverage and detail to be able to prosecute the evil doers!

  • mikeswitz

    Possibly the most irrelevant “rumor” ever posted on NR. Sorry Peter.

  • Allan

    It’s hard enough keeping up with digital photography. Now I have to keep up with emojis. 🙂

  • D700s

    Wow. The artistic people show their true colors. What a hateful bunch of whiners. Your king is out and we’re all doomed now. LOL.. Well, you have eight years to cry about it. Make America Great Again! Cheers

    • Just Me

      It’s spelled A-U-T-I-S-T-I-C! 🙂 jk

  • urgh, an article featuring my two least favourite things in the world

  • MyrddinWilt

    It was a terrible idea regardless of who was being inaugurated. Nikon’s brand is for art and news photography, not omnipresent government surveillance. The idea was almost certainly to capture history being made with the inauguration of the first female President.

    People seem to forget that if not for 9/11, GWB would have been a one term president. Trump might not manage even that. His popular support is 44% compared to 88% for Obama.

    I never once talked to any federal government official who mentioned Trump’s birther nonsense as anything other than a ridiculous smear. The idea that Trump might be being blackmailed by Russian Kompromat or deeply in debt to the Russian oligarchs is more than a suspicion and only slightly less than a certainty among senior officials.

  • DaveyJ

    To animalsbybarry: I strongly advise Nikon Rumors to filter such comments. As a former US Army Colonel I suggest you follow the Dwight David Eisenhower transistion to John Kennedy! Two great leaders, with very different backgrounds….but a common purpose!
    Nikon 360s coverage at the event would make sense.

  • DaveyJ

    Admin! Please get this out of control political garbage of our site! I like others come here and CIVIL and excellent camera discussions. This tread was quickly highjacked by arm chair politicians. What could have been a useful thread about Nikon 360 was subverted into inappropriate and very shallow strife….

  • William Steele

    Any insight on how they are accomplishing getting the live video out of the camera? I tried to get live video out of the HDMI port to no avail and Nikon Support knows nothing. I was thinking maybe they are using the loop recording mode to pull files off the camera while it’s recording. I’d love to know if Nikon plans to release this to the general public.

  • Kiboko

    Did anyone see this VR360-live-streaming? Is it possible to see now?

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