ASSAULT! … On Freedom of the Press

Donald Trump on Tuesday said he told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings anymore.

“The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the ‘podium’ much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!”

Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, decried the growing infrequency of press briefings in a statement Tuesday, warning that the trend could set a dangerous precedent …

“While other avenues exist to obtain information, the robust, public back-and-forth we’ve come to expect in the James A. Brady briefing room helps highlight that no one in a healthy republic is above being questioned.”

This headline from The Washington Post seems fairly accurate …

The White House has transitioned from daily press briefings to monthly press beratings

Here’s what happens, folks, when an autocrat moves in and tries to assume power.  Little things, like repeatedly calling the free press the “enemy of the people”.  Little things like pulling a reporter’s press credentials because he asked tough questions.  Little things like calling every legitimate news story “fake news”.  Pretty soon, it seems commonplace and before long nobody thinks much about it.  Oh, those daily press briefings only happen on rare occasions now?  Hmmm … hadn’t noticed.

The first step on the path to authoritarianism is to make sure the press never has the whole story to tell the people.  Make it hard for them to get information, maybe even toss out a few scraps of false information.  Close the blinds and paint over the windows … no need for transparency … nothing to see here, folks.

The New York Times, which is not, by the way, the “failing” New York Times, as Trump has claimed, published a list:  The 551 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List  

Let us take a look at just the things he has tweeted about the mainstream media in general (just skim the list, for it is mostly repetitive, but I wanted you to see the volume of his denigration)

 “Fake News Media”“Fake News Media!”“Fake News”“Fake News Media”“Fake News”“FAKE”“Fake News”“tries so hard to paint the opposite picture”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Never in the history of our Country has the “press” been more dishonest than it is today”“Stories that should be good, are bad”“Stories that should be bad, are horrible”“bad!”“Fake News”“Fake News”“has it purposely wrong”“Please report news correctly”“Fake News”“Fake News Media”“totally out of its mind”“truly the Enemy of the People!”“Fake News Media”“FAKE NEWS”“THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”“Fake News”“disgusting Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake Media”“FAKE NEWS”“They never like to ask me for a quote b/c it would kill their story”“Fake News Media”“Fake News”“Fake News”“FAKE NEWS”“the Enemy of the People!”“Fake News”“FAKE NEWS MEDIA, crazy”“always seeking to make us look as bad as possible”“Very dishonest!”“Fake News!”“Nasty”“Hostile”“FAKE NEWS!”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Disgraceful!”“Fake News”“keep purposely and inaccurately reporting that I said the “Media is the Enemy of the People.””“Fake News”“Enemy of the People”“false information not good!”“Fake News”“Enemy of the People”“dishonest reporters”“Fake News”“Fake News, Fake & Dishonest reporting”“inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news”“Fake News Media”“the true Enemy of the People”“Fake News, Fake & Dishonest reporting”“purposely false and inaccurate reporting”“Fake News”“so bad and hateful that it is beyond description”“Fake News”“FAKE NEWS!”“FAKE NEWS (of which there is plenty)!”“Fake News”“Fake News”“hates to discuss the real facts!”“Fake News”“going Crazy – & they don’t know what to do”“going CRAZY!”“constant and intense Fake News”“totally dishonest”“Truth doesn’t matter to them”“they only have their hatred & agenda”“This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction”“Enemy of the People!”“Fake News”“They love to portray chaos in the White House when they know that chaos doesn’t exist”“Fake Reporting”“Fake News!”“fiction!”“Fake”“made up stories”“Fake News”“trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible”“Fake News”“worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say”“phony story”“Fake News Media!”“Fake News, of which there is soooo much”“Fake News”“the Enemy of the People”“So bad for America!”“Fake News”“don’t watch at all”“THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY”“very bad for our Great Country”“much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people”“Fake News!”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE”“purposely cause great division & distrust”“very dangerous & sick!”“Fake News”“refuses to report the lies and corruption having to do with the Rigged Witch Hunt”“FAKE NEWS!”“FAKE NEWS”“the enemy of the people!”“Fake News Media”“going CRAZY!”“totally unhinged”“In 7 years, when I am no longer in office, their ratings will dry up and they will be gone!”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Enemy of the People”“driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome”“Very unpatriotic!”“anti-Trump haters”“dying”“they try to distract and cover it up”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Corrupt”“Fake News”“always anonymous sources”“Wrong”“Fake News, Hypocrites!”“Fake News”“going Crazy!, They make up stories without any backup, sources or proof”“total fiction”“Fake News”“wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia”“the real enemy of the people”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“going Crazy!”“Fake News”“it is FAKE NEWS!”“the enemy of the people”“Fake News”“doesn’t want to report the truth”“Fake News”“constantly likes to pore over my tweets looking for a mistake”“Fake News is working overtime!”“Fake Media”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Total corruption”“Fake News”“the enemy of the people”“Fake News”“they put their own spin on it – truth doesn’t matter to them!”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“only shows the bad photos”“Fake News”“once again, WRONG!”“Fake News!”“Fake News”“Our Country’s biggest enemy”“Fake News”“easily promulgated by fools!”“Fake News”“so unfair, and vicious”“Fake”“Fake News is really bad!”“Fake News”“desperate to distract from the economy and record setting economic numbers”“Fake News”“corrupt”“working overtime not to mention the infiltration of people, Spies (Informants), into my campaign!”“Corrupt”“Fake”“run the most highly sophisticated & dishonest Disinformation Campaign in the history of politics”“No matter how well WE do, they find fault”“corrupt”“Fake News”“Fake News”“got it purposely wrong, as usual!”“Fake News”“Fake News”“got it purposely wrong, as usual!”“Fake News”“made up, unsourced stories”“Fake News”“Much of the Media may be corrupt”“Fake News”“Fake News”“a disgrace!”“The Fake News is working overtime”“Fake”“Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?”“FAKE NEWS”“Fake News”“going crazy making up false stories and using only unnamed sources (who don’t exist)”“totally unhinged”“the great success of this Administration is making them do and say things that even they can’t believe they are saying”“Truly bad people!”“Fake News”“going ‘bonkers!’”“so silent”“Fake & Disgusting News to create ill will!”“93% bad stories”“Fake News Media”“phony an dishonest press”“Fake News”“Fools”“Fake News Media”“Much of the media is a Scam!”“Fake News Media”“phony stories”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“dishonest and corrupt!”“Fake News”“among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with”“So much Fake News”“Never been more voluminous or more inaccurate”“Fake News Media”“crazed”“They are wrong!”“Fake News”“beside themselves that McCabe was caught, called out and fired”“Fake News Media”“they are lying”“Turn off the show – FAKE NEWS!”“being mocked all over the world”“They’ve gone CRAZY!”“Total Fake News!”“Fake News Media”“Fake News Media”“Fake News Media”“approval ratings are correctly at their lowest levels in history!”“untruthful”“Fake reporting”“FAKE NEWS”“very corrupt”“dishonest”“Fake News”“talks about anything negative or that can be turned into the negative”“contrived!”“So much Fake News is being reported”“They don’t even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong”“crazed that WE won the election!”“Fake News”“Fake News”“corrupt & biased”“losers”“lapdogs”“Fake News Mainstream Media”“screaming mental stability and intelligence”“Fake News”“Fake News”“DISHONEST”“CORRUPT”“Dishonesty & Bad Reporting”“Fake News”“very dishonest”“Fake News”“VERY dishonest”“unfair”“Fake News Media”“Phony and non-existent ‘sources’ are being used more often than ever”“Many stories & reports a pure fiction!”“Fake News”“loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating”“massive negative Trump coverage”“The Fake News”“refuses to talk about how Big and how Strong our BASE is”“They show Fake Polls just like they report Fake News”“only negative reporting”“Fake News”“Fake”“the Fake Mainstream Media will NEVER talk about our accomplishments in their end of year reviews”“Fake News Media”“Fake News Hate Shows”“Fake News”“working overtime to follow the lead of their friends, the defeated Dems”“Fake News Media”“untrue stories”“has become a joke!”“Fake News”“purposely false and defamatory stories”“Fake News Media”“They are out of control”“correct reporting means nothing to them”“Major lies written”“a stain on America!”“Fake News!”“Fake News”“FAKE NEWS!”“dishonest”“corrupt”“distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me)”“They are all bad”“FAKE NEWS”“their ratings are terrible, nobody cares!”“Fake News”“#FakeNews”“They are wrong”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Disgraceful!”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“FABRICATE STORIES ABOUT ME”“FAKE NEWS”“Lost cred”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“going crazy”“Fake”“Fake News”“Fiction writers!”“Fake News”“has become so partisan, distorted and fake”“licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked”“going all out in order to demean and denigrate!”“Such hatred!”“Fake News”“story is totally made up”“dishonest”“Fake News”“one-sided coverage”“Fake News Networks”“just made up”“FAKE!”“Fake”“Fake News”“No matter what I do or say, they will not write or speak truth”“Fake News”“out of control!”“Fake News”“Fake News”“working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R’s”“Shame!”“Fake News”“#FakeNews!”“Because of #FakeNews my people are not getting the credit they deserve”“FAKE NEWS”“anti-Trump”“Collusion?”“Fake News”“totally biased”“dishonest”“Fake News”“they know nothing about me & have zero access”“#FAKE NEWS!”“false reporting”“dying magazines”“Fake News”“Fake News”“a platform to hate groups”“turns a blind eye to the gang violence on our streets!”“Fake News”“very dishonest, Fake News”“worst”“dishonest”“Fake News reporting”“Fake News”“dishonest”“Fake News”“totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!”“Fake News”“truly bad people!”“Fake News Suppression Polls!”“Fake News”“refuses to report the success of the first 6 months”“phony”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“TOTALLY UNTRUE”“Fake News”“Fake News!”“Fake News”“Purposely phony reporting.”“Fake News”“Fake News”“LEAKS”“FAKE NEWS”“Fake News”“sick”“Fake News”“becoming more and more dishonest”“Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!”“Fake”“phony”“unnamed sources”“highly slanted”“fraudulent reporting”“#Fake”“DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!”“when you hear the words “sources say” from the Fake Media, often times those sources are made up and do not exist”“Fake News”“Fake News”“Fake News”“will never cover me accurately but who cares!”“dishonest”“FAKE”“FRAUDULENT”“working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media”“#FakeNews”“Fake News”“likes to say that I am not totally engaged in healthcare”“Wrong”“Fake News”“Fake”“hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media”“made up a phony collusion with the Russians story”“has never been so wrong or so dirty”“Purposely incorrect stories”“phony sources”“agenda of hate”“Sad!”“at an all time high”“Where is their apology to me for all of the incorrect stories???”“#FakeNews”“report the great economic news since Election Day”“FAKE”“working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media”“They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out”“Fake”“Fake”“works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don’t want America to hear the real story!”“fabricated lies”“#FakeNews”“fake”“fake”“#FakeNews”“Fake”“Fake”“Fake”“fake”“fake”“#FakeNews!”“Fake”“FAKE”“Fake”“did everything in its power to make the Republican Healthcare victory look as bad as possible”“Fake”“rarely reports Ocare is on its last legs”“Fake”“officially out of control”“will do or say anything in order to get attention”“FAKE”“refuses to state our long list of achievements”“fake”“FAKE”“almost always negative”“FAKE”“BAD!”“Fake Media (not Real Media)”“has gotten even worse since the election”“Every story is badly slanted”“Fake News”“Fake News”“now pushing the phony Russia story”“vicious”“inaccurate”“Fake News”“FAKE NEWS”“rude”“FAKE NEWS”“Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media”“FAKE NEWS”“knowingly doesn’t tell the truth”“A great danger to our country”“Sad!”“FAKE NEWS”“fake news”“Fake”“FAKE NEWS”“the enemy of the American People!”“FAKE”“Dishonest”“FAKE NEWS”“makes up stories and ‘sources,’”“fading fast!”“fake news”“going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred”“FAKE NEWS, Very dishonest!”“FAKE NEWS”“lies!”“lied”“Very dishonest”“dishonest”“Dishonest”“fake!”“Dishonest”“Terrible!”“dishonest”“lies”“dishonest”“More dishonest than anyone knows”“distorted and inaccurate”“Serious bias – big problem!”“crooked”“typically false”“Very unfair!”“Very dishonest”“We are winning and the press is refusing to report it”“Don’t let them fool you”“in the tank for Clinton”“refuses to talk about the three new national polls that have me in first place”“has deceived the public by putting women front and center with made-up stories and lies”“dishonest”“distorted”“rigging election!”“rigging election!”“pushing false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies”“dishonest”“So dishonest!”“want me out of the race so badly”“totally one-sided “spin””“VERY dishonest”“just made up lies!”“never covered Hillary’s massive “hacking” or coughing attack”“It is being reported by virtually everyone, and is a fact, that the media pile on against me is the worst in American political history!”“dishonest”“corrupt”“dishonest”“My rallies are not covered properly”“never discuss the real message”“disgusting”“corrupt”“dishonest”“desperate to distract from Clinton’s anti-2A stance”“totally distort so many things on purpose”“Very dishonest!”“very dishonest”“totally biased”“distorted”“one-sided”“biased”“dishonest”“dishonest”“coverage this morning of the very average Clinton speech and Convention is a joke”“phony”“dishonest”“will find a good spinnnn!”“biased”“spending more time doing a forensic analysis of Melania’s speech than the FBI spent on Hillary’s emails”“so dishonest”“If I make a statement, they twist it and turn it to make it sound bad or foolish”“They think the public is stupid!”“Dishonest”“trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff’s Star, or plain star!”“so totally biased”“dishonesty”“one big lie!”“totally biased”“biased”“phony”“on a new phony kick about my management style”“dishonest”“dishonest”“disgusting”“really on a witch-hunt against me”“False reporting, and plenty of it”“pushing the false narrative that I want to raise taxes”“unfair”“has not covered my long-shot great finish in Iowa fairly”“able to so incorrectly define a word for the public”“sad!”“dishonest reporters!”“dishonest”“always tough when they falsify”“won’t report!”“dishonest”“wants to surrender constitutional rights”“they only want negatives”“will not report the highly respected new national poll that just came out”“how will the media put a negative spin on this one?”“troublemakers”“despite the[ir] best efforts, the people are speaking loudly and clearly”“totally dishonest”“So sad!”“lies”

WHEW!  And that doesn’t include the filth he has spewed about virtually every journalist and media outlet who has ever criticized him.  Look back throughout history … has any president of the United States ever spoken so?  I think not.  Thus far he has stopped short of actually having journalists jailed, as other autocrats such as Putin and Erdoğan have done, but what he is doing is only one step short of that.  Never before in any democratic nation has a leader been so irresponsible in his dealing with the press.  And now, he has told the Press Secretary to ‘not bother’ communicating with the press, not bother providing information that enables We The People to know what our government is doing.

Remember last July, when Trump spoke to the VFW annual convention in Kansas City, where he said …

“Stick with us. Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. … What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

Believe, in other words, only what he tells you to believe.  Believe only what the man who lies virtually every time he opens his mouth, tells you to believe.  Lies are truth, truth is ‘fake’.

Without a free press, folks, our boat is sunk.  Without a free press, we will live under a dictatorship.  Donald Trump was given the keys to the White House without the majority approval.  He has occupied that house illegitimately for two years now, and in that two years he has made a mockery of many of our institutions, many of our freedoms and protections, and the very foundation of our government, the document he took an oath, swearing to “preserve, protect and defend”.

No more daily press briefings.  Trump will tweet you what you need to know.  Nope, nothing to see here, folks …

42 thoughts on “ASSAULT! … On Freedom of the Press

  1. by the way, a more technical question if any of you have the answer.

    How can I make it so that comments to blog posts get to my inbox like the original post? I remember this used to be the default when subscribing to a blog but I wonder if they changed it and I have to check some other box?

    Thanks for your help if possible.

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    • sklawlor: How can I make it so that comments to blog posts get to my inbox like the original post?

      I don’t think that was ever the default.

      You can go to the wordpress reader. For me, it is a link near the top of my blog, but maybe it is just “wordpress.com”.

      On the reader screen, I see “Followed sites” with the word “Manage” to the right of that.
      Clicking “Manage”, I get a list of sites that I am following.

      On a specific site in that list, I can click “Settings”. That gives me “Notify me of new posts”, “Email me new posts” and “Email me new comments”. There is a toggle switch for each of those. So turn on the toggle for “Email me new comments” and that should do what you want.

      I’m assuming that you are visually impaired, and depend on a screen reader. I hope this was detailed enough.

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      • Hi Neil. Thank you for the help. I clicked on the site and then settings but didn’t see those three options, also tried clicking on wordpress reader and I couldn’t get that to work either. I notice that if I respond to a post after looging in rather then replying to the email notification, there is an option to recieve additional comments by email so that may be the way to go. I notice that parts of the wordpress site aren’t very accessible. I appreciate your effort.

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    • Sigh. Difficult times. My first response is that there is no precedent here. Never before have we dealt with such an unqualified, inane ‘man’ in the Oval Office, and I truly think the media are still trying to figure out how to cover this presidency. That said, yes, they have screwed up ‘bigly’ in many ways. They give far too much time and space to his inane ramblings, lending him an undeserved legitimacy. Additionally, they are feeding his ego, confirming his notion that it is, in fact, “all about Trump”.

      My biggest concern, however, is that Trump’s constant denigration of the free press, the most legitimate news sources being his favourite target, is putting our 1st Amendment rights in serious jeopardy. I would rather have a free press that indulges in histrionics from time to time than only be limited to what I can see/hear on state media.

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  2. We have found ourselves living in a country that formerly we could not have believed possible. The freedoms that we took for granted are being threatened daily and it is only going to get worse…unless those that are duly elected and paid to represent We the People begin to actually protect what they as the Legislative Branch are intended to, instead of marching to Trump’s Executive Branch drum. Having recently completed reading the Sept. 2018 book by David Levering Lewis, “The Improbable Wendell Willkie”, which is every bit as good as Steve Neal’s “Dark Horse : A Biography of Wendell Willkie” from the ’80’s…this quote from the estimable Willkie seems fitting. “Freedom is an indivisible word. If we want to enjoy it, and fight for it, we must be prepared to extend it to everyone, whether they are rich or poor, whether they agree with us or not, no matter what their race or the color of their skin.” His words are no less true today, though spoken in the 1940’s. I would send this to Trump and McConnell in Congress, but most likely it would go over heads. Thank-you for this excellent post!

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  3. rawgod, I do not wear rose colored glasses and if you have been paying attention to the news, you’d know that even mainstream media outlets have had to walk back their incorrect coverage of this situation. Did you watch the whole 2 hour raw footage?

    In this contentions climate, I agree that wearing maga hats was unnecessary, given the sort of rally they were attending, that was just to be confrontational.

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    • I personally don’t care about the MAGA hats. I care about the kid standing like an idiot as if he were Heimdall guarding Bifrost, while his youthful cronies chanted slogans and disrespected others.
      As for watching the whole thing, I have better things to do with my time. 2 minutes was enough to see what was going on. 2 hours would make me puke.

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  4. There is more to this situation than was first known, as is often the case in a random video, but for parents to hire a PR firm for their troubled son is tantamount to admitting his guilt. For that same PR firm to write a statement for the boy is like hiring a big shot lawyer to defend a jaywalker caught face front on video.
    Well, this was not a random video, nor was the aggressor jaywalking. He was acting in a very confrontational manner. No we don’t know exactly what was going on in his mind, but we know it was not trying to tell his victim that he was safe.
    And, since el dumpo is screaming fake news, we know the real truth, the news is true.

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    • rawgod, you are becoming my hero! You make me wish that I could make that little blue star say “loved by 1 person” and I cannot even make it say liked by 1 person. I could not possibly have said this better. Thank-you!!

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      • You make me blush, Ellen! But don’t worry, I’m not a likes kind of guy–giving or getting. For you to write me back is all that is really necessary. I pissed some woman off about 20 years ago when I ,, an atheist, drew more likes than she did by answering questions on a Christian website. She got so mad, her and a bunch of her church friends (I guess) went on the website and disliked every answer I ever gave. I was fairly new to the internet at the time, and complained about all the dislikes. The web site people checked into it, ank kicked her and all her friends off. Two days later they were all back on the site, and disliked me all over again. All I did was tell my truth, but this woman wasn’t about to be beat by a non-believer. A week later the website was bought by a new company, and it was closed down. I stopped doing likes, and unless I am extremely impressed l just ignore that button. Except when you ask me to hit it for you…

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    • The parents hiring the PR firm reminds me of a few years back when a teenager used the ‘affluenza’ defense after killing a person while driving drunk. The theory was that he had been so spoiled that he wasn’t capable of knowing right from wrong. B.S.! There is much confusion about this incident, but no matter what else did or didn’t happen, these teens were being little assholes. Period. No excuse. And yes, they are kids, but they are also plenty old enough to know better … if their parents had bothered to teach them, that it. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  5. Dear Jill,

    The president wants to be a dictator bigly. Just watch how hard it has been for him to accept the word NO from a woman with her own power base. He was betting that he could just bully his way onto the FLOOR of the US House no matter what the Speaker said.

    I’m certain that several staffers had to slowly explain the real world to him.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • The word ‘bully’ is the one that best describes him. ‘No’ is a word he has rarely heard in his 72 years, I think. I’m sure his wives could all tell some fascinating stories, were they not so afraid of him. Hugs!

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  6. This is staggering, although in some ways, I’m surprised there are not more. But there will be soon enough. I wish John Oliver would do a comedy thing on this.

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  7. Phew, all that Fake News was hard work. It’s wrong that he denies what he’s said when it’s provable.It’s wrong that he’s not clear in his meanings so that he can always claim someone misinterpreted him.It’s very wrong that since the start of his presidency he hasn’t chosen to communicate with the people of the Country in a forthright and proper way. Not everyone has access to tweets or can correctly read the message they’re meant to give, which should never be a negative one about the press. He went to war with them because he didn’t like their truth.
    Cwtch

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    • Quite so … you phrase it quite aptly when you say he ‘went to war with them’, for that is exactly what it feels like. Because they do not praise him, because they hold his feet to the fire, expect him to be truthful and act like an adult, of which he is incapable. Never, in even my worst nightmares, did I imagine such a creature as we have in the White House. But we must protect our press, else we will be like sheep waiting for the slaughter.
      Cwtch

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  8. I don’t like that the president is constantly attacking the mainstream press on a daily basis, just like I don’t believe that the mainstream press should be giving every single tweet the attention reserved for major headlines. Two are playing this game and they are both children, continuing to inflame each other.

    That Coventry Catholic school incident is an example of the blatant dishonest reporting by the mainstream media. Most of them have had to walk back their stories because of independent journalists who told the truth about what happened.

    as for one more example, Donald trump once said that ms13 gang members were animals but the press dishonestly and purposely misreported him to say that immigrants were animals, which was totally inaccurate.

    Donald’s rhetoric about immigrants is inflammatory at best and enraging at worst, especially when he says stuff like “some of them are good people”. He would do himself a favor to change that to “Most of them are good people” as is the case in any culture. Every sect of society has bad people but like the media, who he accuses of being fake, he is equally fake in his portrayal of whatever the hell his agenda is this week.

    I believe in a free press but I also believe that a free press needs to be responsible and report the truth, and in some cases, they clearly fall very short of the mark.

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    • What news feed are you watching about the confrontation with the aboriginal elder? That was downright ugly, aggressive, racist, and UNNECESSARY. I suggest you take off your rose-colored glasses and try watching the video for yourself. There was NOTHING positive about that video, except that the elder did not smash his drum right into the student’s smug face. The elder, at least, kept his cool in a very volatile situation. He is the hero here, not the dumb-ass bully student. Fake news indeed!

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    • Agreed, and the press may not realize it, but they are giving Trump exactly what he thrives on … attention.

      The teens in the Covington Catholic school incident were flat out wrong, no matter how many videos people come up with. But I’ll not argue that one with you, other than to say that if that behaviour is what religious schools are teaching these days, I think it’s time to put an end to the notion that Christianity is about love and peace.

      The press does indeed have some work to do. I think they generally report as honestly and factually as they can, given the information they have. But to keep giving Trump 24/7 coverage is wrong, and to allow the election mud-slinging is equally wrong. They need to call Trump out on every lie he tells, and to stand by their fellow journalists. If we lose the freedom of the press, then we lose our nation. Period. And with it, our lives.

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