Democracy Dies in Darkness …

Once again, the attempts to discredit our free press are coming in waves, and the press must be ever-vigilant.  This from The Washington Post:

“A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.

The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists.

But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias.”

If the Post had gone with this woman’s made-up story, if they had not ‘smelled a rat’, there would have been loud cries of “Fake News” and Trump would have been all over Twitter screaming about the “failing New York Times”.  Fortunately, they smelled that rat in time, and I sense the hand of a very large rat by the name of Steve Bannon behind this.

Project Veritas is an organization that uses deceptive tactics and secretly recorded conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets, media organizations such as The Washington Post, New York Times and others. Lest you think they are not affiliated with Donald Trump, he donated $10,000 to Project Veritas in 2015. So what was the purpose of this ‘sting operation’ on the part of Project Veritas?  To discredit the women who came forth and told their stories about Roy Moore sexually assaulting them as teens.  If the Post had believed the woman sent by Project Veritas, had run the story, they would have immediately proven it false, and it would have cast a shadow over the other women as well, women whose accusations have been well-researched and shown to be credible.  Most would have assumed that if the Post got it wrong once, they were probably wrong about the others as well.

Even worse, however, on a much wider scale, it would have been one more strike … a large one … against the free press, for it would have shown their vulnerability to reporting untruths.  Now allow me to switch gears for a moment …

Yesterday, Donald Trump, seemingly out of the blue, denied the infamous Access Hollywood video where he was caught on tape making vulgar comments about women and his treatment of them.  He denied the video that was released in October 2016 that he admitted to at the time it was released, referring to it then as “locker room talk”!  He even went so far as to say, “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.” Now, however, he is saying he “has doubts about the veracity” of the tape. The tape has been proven to be the real thing, by the way, so Trump’s attempts to cast doubt are nothing more than the substance that comes from a bull’s rear end.

To what end … what purpose in all this?  On the surface, it would appear that both the woman falsely claiming to have been impregnated by Roy Moore, and Trumps denial of the well-documented Access Hollywood tapes are both attempts to discredit the women who were abused by Roy Moore in order to help him win the December 12th election for Senate.  Simple, right?  But I think there are further reasons. I think they are an attempt to discredit one of our oldest and most reliable media outlets, The Washington Post.  Why?

A look at the slogan the Post added to its masthead back in February may answer that question:

WaPoDonald Trump’s presidency, if it can be called such, has been a failed experiment.  He is not succeeding, his approval ratings remain below 40% and there is an ever-growing movement for impeachment.  Add to that, the fact that Robert Mueller’s investigation is showing signs of getting a little too close to Trump himself for his comfort, and you have a recipe for disaster, from his point of view.  How better to keep public opinion from going full steam against him than to discredit the very ones who are keeping close tabs on him and his dastardly deeds?  He is running scared and will shoot the messenger before he will allow that messenger to deliver his message.

I am relieved that the editors and reporters at The Washington Post were alert and diffused the threat by Project Veritas before the unthinkable happened.  But make no mistake … there will be a next time, and a next, and a next, for Bannon and Trump are not yet finished.  We, as well as the media outlets, must be ever-vigilant, for Democracy Dies in Darkness.

17 thoughts on “Democracy Dies in Darkness …

  1. I have two subscriptions to newspapers and the Post is one of them. I believe we must support our watchmen and women in the media. The other sub is to the Guardian and I thought of you and this post today when I read this – the names may not be familiar but all you need to know if you don’t already is that Katie Hopkins is a very outspoken right wing commentator known for her shock opinion pieces:

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    • Good job, my friend! I have online subscriptions to The Guardian, the New York Times, The Washington Post and Business Insider … I would support more if I could, but I agree that it is important to support our free press with both our words and financially if we are able to. I did subscribe also to the Wall Street Journal until they called for Trump to fire Robert Mueller earlier this month. That did it for me. Rupert Murdoch, who owns WSJ, also owns Fox and the Times of London. I refuse to support any of those, and have asked the Times of London to stop sending me email, but so far to no avail. But yes, to the point, we are destined to lose our democratic freedoms if we allow our free press to be compromised or shut down.

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  2. There is much subterfuge in high places, and love it, hate it, distrust it, trust it, the news media in all its forms is the only access we (the public) have, to know even a part of what goes on. Lord Chaos seems intent on shutting down news media except for his own personally sanctioned and ‘controlled’ sources. This is not supposed to happen in a ‘free democracy.’ Americans must fight for their news media freedoms because if ‘they’ shut them down, there will be only fake dogmas left and Lord Darth Vador, sorry, I mean Lord Chaos, will have you all by your ‘short and curly’s.’

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    • Exactly! This, along with racism, is perhaps the most important fight we have right now. We must wake up and get much smarter, or as you say, he will ‘have us by the short and curlys’. Fun way of putting it, by the way 😀

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  3. Jill, my feelings range from sadness to disgust that people would stoop this low to win politically. It reveals that the purveyors do not have a good argument, so must resort to subterfuge.

    As for Trump, like his daughter said about Moore, there is a special place in hell for men who take advantage of underage girls. Trump saying the Access Hollywood tape is now lacking authenticity is laughable. I guess he did not appear on Howard Stern’s show either boasting of walking in on unclothed teen girls at a beauty pageant.

    I truly don’t know how people looked passed his history of sexual assaults and harassment to vote for him. Like Moore, he is undeserving of the position. Keith

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    • I know, dear Keith … the whole thing continues to amaze me, and not in a good way. People have donned blinders where Trump & Co are concerned, I do believe. And yes, these dirty tricks by the likes of Bannon and whoever else is behind them, are abominable. I fear it will only get worse as the mid-terms next year draw near.

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  4. I agree a free people need a free press. For a group that so values the constitution the current republicans want desperately to shut down the free press rights in that very constitution. The taking over of huge swaths of cable channels and radio broadcast stations to turn them into propaganda arms of one political party or or the state when that party is in power is a horribly scary prospect that may doom the country for quite a while. Hugs

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    • Yes, and isn’t it interesting that the very same people who scream loudly in defense of the 2nd amendment, the right to own firearms, seem to care little for the very heart of the 1st amendment? I shake my head a lot these days!

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  6. The free press is not always kind and is not always honest but on the whole they are paragons compared to those rags that support Trump and those that have anything to do with Bannon. Unfortunately there will always be those who support the Republicans and will therefore buy their papers otherwise they might fail with his demise.
    Like many other Countries where they see to create a dictatorship they start by ridiculing then crushing the opposition press.People who can see signs of this know where Trump is taking the US and his attempted policies show what he thinks of the poor.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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    • ‘Tis true … the press is not always kind, but then, the world is often unkind, and they are not even always accurate, though I do believe they strive for accuracy. But without them, we are doomed, so I support them and will fight for the free press as long as I have breath. I just wish people were smarter in choosing who to listen to and believe.

      xxx Cwtch xxx

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