Nothing To See Here, Folks …

It was only a tweet … no more than 140 characters, and not much different than many others he has thumbed over the past two years, but it sent a shockwave through the media and the thinkers in the nation.

“Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!”

I have used the terms ‘authoritarian’ and ‘autocrat’ in the same sentence with ‘Trump’ more than a few times over the past two years.  Some thought I was being a bit alarmist, others overlooked it as ‘writer’s hype’.  Whatever meaning my readers chose, I meant it as seriously as I have ever meant anything.  I am given to deep thought, not hyperbole, so when I say Trump is a ‘wannabe king’, I am calling it as I see it.  And now others are seeing it as I have for months … years.

The tweet was one of those early morning ones … we all picture him sitting on the potty, his handlers not yet having arrived to wash and dress him.  Understand that by “fake news”, Trump means news that does not praise him, news that … GASP … has the unmitigated gall to actually criticize him.  The truth — as hundreds of fact checks have shown — is that the biggest purveyor of fake news in the country right now is Trump. According to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog, Trump has made 1,145 false or misleading claims in his first 232 days in office. That’s 4.9 false or misleading statements per day.  Think about that one for a minute.  Even the biggest fibber I have known couldn’t top that record.

Trump has praised Alex Jones, the purveyor of imagination-based conspiracy theories, saying things such things as, “Your reputation’s amazing. I will not let you down.” His favourite network for news is the unquestionably biased Fox News.  And he licks the hand of Breitbart’s Steve Bannon.  Yet he calls the most reliable news outlets in the nation “fake news”.  All of which we have learned to live with, learned to take with a grain of salt, else simply tune out, as the bratty child who goes around all day long whining the same whine. This, then, is the danger … that his rhetoric, his lies, become the norm and we adapt by tuning them out, by ignoring him.

But a threat, however vague, against the Fourth Estate, is a threat against us all, and it rings as loudly of authoritarianism as did the sound of jackboots on the cobbled pavement of the Nuremberg parade grounds where Hitler held his propaganda rallies.

Virtually every president has had issues with the press … it is the nature of the beast.  But none before have been so convinced the media is comprised primarily of liberals trying to push their agenda behind the guise of neutrality. Does Trump actually believe what he claims, or is it more rhetoric, the sole purpose of which is to keep his followers riled?  Who knows?  It doesn’t matter, for either way, it is a dangerous game and one that needs to end before this travesty results in more unfettered power for Trump and less transparency for We The People.

As I typed that previous sentence at 12:50 a.m., the following banner flashed across my screen …

DOJ demands Facebook information from ‘anti-administration activists’

And the ‘developing story’ thus far …

Trump administration lawyers are demanding the private account information of potentially thousands of Facebook users in three separate search warrants served on the social media giant, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

The warrants specifically target the accounts of three Facebook users who are described by their attorneys as “anti-administration activists who have spoken out at organized events, and who are generally very critical of this administration’s policies.”

The information requested … nay, demanded … would include any and all who have visited their pages or interacted with them via post, chat, comment, etc.  Think about that last post you commented on yesterday, the one criticizing Trump for _________________________ (fill in the blank).  Perhaps it originated by one of the three activists being investigated.  You are now on the radar.

On the campaign trail last year, Trump said …

“I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.”

I found that chilling then … I find it even more so tonight.  This is a man who wanted the job of president for one reason only:  power.  But, as he settles in, if he can be said to be doing so, he is finding that the power he envisioned has limits, that he is not a king, but rather an elected official who answers to the citizens of this nation.  The citizens, with the exception of his lemmings, are not happy.  He really doesn’t care that we are not happy, except … in our unhappiness, we are petitioning our members of Congress, and we are speaking out loud and clear.  His dilemma, then, becomes how to ensure that we do not have access to the goings-on in his administration.  How best to do that?  I leave that to you to answer for tonight, for I am tired. Think about it.

26 thoughts on “Nothing To See Here, Folks …

  1. Writers should be used to being on some kind of list. You know what they say about writers. If you aren’t on a government list of some kind you’re not doing it right. The World Bank sent my husband to Russia for them once to tour factories there as he was an Indian citizen and more trusted than Americans. His one friend said sometime later our phone might be tapped. It also took him two days to get a visa to go to the U.K. the next time. They kept asking him why he went to Russia. Go figure. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  2. Jill, to be blunt, if we want to investigate fake news, we should start with the biggest purveyor and benefactor of fake news. That would be the President of the United States. I encourage folks not to believe a word he says – the odds are in your favor. Keith

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  3. Every time I think of Trumpidiocy – yes a word I have coined – I remember that line from one of Star Wars when Obi Wan says with a wave of his hand =- these are not the droids you are seeking. Somebody has to do something to remove this idiot to a safe place…safe for the world that is..put him back in his toy box he came from where his delusions of grandeur hurt no one else…

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    • I love your new word!!! I may have to adopt that one, for it is perfect! Yes, I agree with you. But I think his head has become so big (not to mention his belly) that he will no longer fit into the toybox from whence he came. Nest best idea, as I see it, is a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean … and send a bunch of his friends, such as DeVos, Sessions, Pruitt, Bannon, and for God’s sake, Conway, along with him! 😉

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  4. Dear Jill,
    This is beyond frightening. I have been saying I fear our president more than any terrorist group. There is no more wiggle room here since the majority of folks including me have said unflattering things about him. All of my blogs are reprinted on Facebook. I don’t respond or do anything else besides check what’s up with my local democratic club.
    Something has to be done to protect us from this man.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Agreed, my friend. He is more dangerous than any terrorist group. He and his band of white supremacist followers. Next step for us, besides more letters and calls to Congress, is campaigning hard for the mid-terms. We must regain at least one chamber of Congress!
      Hugs!!!

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  5. Censorship is coming quickly. There may be a day soon when blogs are also targeted. I follow a particular blog called ‘The Shinbone Star’ which has several writers and let me say that they do not mince words and aren’t nearly so polite as you Jill. I rarely comment or ‘like’ but I do read them. If they go down, I’d say the rest of us will take fair warning.

    Is it right? Of course not! Censorship of opinion is the last straw. Criticism is a fair practice. Libel is something else…we must walk the fine line!

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    • I had never heard of the Shinbone Star, but based on your mention, I am curious and will check it out.
      If there is a blessing to being in one’s final years, it is that one becomes less cautious, and personally, I am not afraid. Chilled? Certainly. Afraid for future generations? Absolutely. But afraid for myself … nah. I will continue to use my voice wherever I can do so, until there is no more voice. Now that said, I am diligent in trying to make sure that if I present something as fact, I have done my homework and am at least 99% certain that it is, in fact, a fact. But as for opining? I try to keep it reasonable and not come across as a conspiracy theorist, and I try not to rant unreasonably, but otherwise, I say what I think. Again, the benefit of years 😉

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  6. There is a sense in which all news is fake because it leads us to believe that nothing else happens in the world except that which is reported.
    Yet we all know the press scan events to find those that will make debating points or emphasize their own focus on the world.
    I always feel faintly amused when I read Her Majesty the Queen and His Highness the Duke of Edinburgh send their condolences it makes me think my condolences are very way down the list, or President Trump sends his thoughts and prayers to those — Could it be The Almighty acts more dramatically on the prayers of the rich and famous?

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    • Ah well, as we have discussed before, I believe, the press is ‘for-profit’, meaning they will sell what people most want to buy.

      And yes, I think that whatever is uttered by your royalty, by our moron-in-chief, is going to make headlines much quicker than anything you or I say! So, perhaps if one believes in the power of prayer, one might think that the prayers of the ‘higher-ups’ outweigh the prayers of us common folk.

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    • Ah yes, Erdogan and Turkey. Now you see why I wrote so much about that situation after the ‘coup’ last year! I saw the shape of things to come even then, even before Trump was elected. But, I was told it could never happen here. Sorry, folks, but I am more convinced than ever that it can, indeed, happen here.
      xxx Cwtch xxx

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