Trump Thinks Both Sides Were Responsible for World War II ?
Free movie online (a little choppy, wavy).
Almost a bygone era. One of the best films about the newspaper biz.
During these new Dark Ages, it is a great reminder of why a Free Press is important, scratch, essential, ABSOLUTELY essential.
FROM WIKIPEDIA>>> Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and de-legitimize the target’s belief.
Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim. The term owes its origin to a 1938 play Gas Light and its 1944 film adaptation. The term has been used in clinical and research literature, as well as in political commentary.<<<
FROM MEDIA MATTERS>>> https://www.facebook.com/Mediamatters/?hc_ref=ARSjuGVUVrxvU048S8l6QAfUB0ctMnxDqmvFnmfvAsOunqsMeps1khI0brW4-geaXgc&fref=nf
Leaks to the legitimate news media are among the few tactics America currently has against the radical alt-Right Trump agenda. The people leaking (most of them) likely believe that releasing inside information is justified to counter the jerky descent (think of someone tumbling erratically down a steep bumpy cliff) into an authoritarian state never before seen in this country.
The news media needs to band together with a massive outreach effort to counter the label of “fake news.
Worse yet, and now more URGENT, is today’s warning from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that news/information leakers and their news media recipients/users will be prosecuted and punished.
Of course, there have always been guidelines, regulations, laws and judgments regarding the use of anonymous sources and leaked information. The safety of American personnel and the safeguarding of important national security information needs to be respected.
However, Trump and his cabinet members are capable of onerous pronouncements and policies which run contrary to many (most) established protocols.
Whether Sessions intends to go after every leak–significant or not–is unknown. It should be expected that he will at least try to so as to control info coming from the White House and elsewhere and direct news narratives into favorable stories about the administration.
As I have long believed Trump is mostly egocentric (maybe psychotically so) and devoid of any core political beliefs. And although he has surrounded himself with some harmless sycophants (e.g. Ivanka), there are others–cabinet members, staff, business people, a few Congress members–with their own far-alt-right-to-fascist agendas who are now empowered to carry out those agendas. Trump is too ignorant or too enamored with them (and himself) to control or stop them in.
Civil liberties, the environment (meaning the ENTIRE planet), the economy, the health of U.S. citizens, issues of war and peace, freedom from HATE and so much more is now in jeopardy because some Americans wanted to return to some mythical good ol’ days (1950s? maybe even 1920s?) and others just believed an outsider businessman could create high-paying manufacturing jobs for them.
An outreach campaign by the news media has to be “outside” its own silos of supporters using billboards, direct mail and non-traditional placements of messages. This needs to begin immediately because Trump and his enabled supporters and administrators are already dreaming of a new America in which the traditional, legitimate news media is nothing but a PR arm of the Presidency.
Biggest political BS story in my lifetime was possibly that Obama wasn’t born in America. How many a-hole conservative commentators and “news people” (let alone politicians) got fired over that? Real journalists would have been fired for continuing day after week after month repeating a story with no basis in reality. But instead of getting fired, they got more popular with certain types of people.
And how about Trump spewing his birtherism? So many people in this country believed a lie and voted for a liar.
CNN is real news because three newspeople were canned for not following professional standards and practices. Let me know the next time that happens at Fox. (btw I think Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace are decent reporters but most of the rest are carnival barkers.)
Traditional, legitimate news media is now in a life-or-death battle with fake news that aims to ignore facts in favor of bent and distorted realities. The legitimate news media must present a united, consistent front via a massive outreach campaign to convince the general public, including the fence-sitters who voted for President Trump, that Freedom of the Press is stake which means, also, that democracy in America is being tested to its limits.
The legitimate press can only win back the trust of non-believers through accurate stories while highlighting the difference between real and fake journalism. REAL JOURNALISM INCLUDES: education, experience, research, knowledge of subject matter, oversight by superiors, admitting mistakes and, in some circumstances, being penalized for mistakes.
Radio host Ira Glass, in a Rolling Stone article says alternative news narratives are worrisome.
FROM ROLLING STONE>>>These days, he added, interest in the news has only grown – thanks in large part to the current administration, which has created “the most intense news-consuming period any of us can remember” – though there is no longer just one narrative for viewers and readers to follow. And that, he points out, is worrisome.
“There are new challenges that fact-based journalists face, but it doesn’t have to do with the president,” Glass said of what kinds of difficulties journalists face today. “Over the last 20 years, an entire second media has grown up that runs an alternate narrative to the mainstream media. … Every event goes through two prisms now in a way that it never did before. That’s the hardest thing for those of us in the fact-based media. And that’s enormously difficult to know how to deal with as someone in the mainstream media because the people who believe otherwise aren’t consuming our product.”<<<
A PARADIGM HAS SHIFTED and the traditional news media will never return to the good old days of civil discourse in the marketplace of ideas. Professional and honest news people, regardless of their political inclinations, must now contend with a growing number of crazed or crooked posers and provocateurs. The marketplace has become so confused that many people, even those trying to, cannot discern the difference between real and fake news.
And while this is not be the first time news media have faced criticism from politicians, the current assault by the Trump administration and others exhibit overtones similar to those found as part of or prelude to repressive governments in less democratic countries.
Some news organizations (CNN, New York Times, MSNBC) are beginning to run ads promoting their vital Fourth Estate role in America. HOWEVER, THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR A UNITED FRONT BY ALL TRADITIONAL, LEGITIMATE NEWS OUTLETS.
News industry companies and associations need to act now to reach every level of society and regain the respect and attention the Fourth Estate requires to remain viable in our democracy. All the changes the news media has experienced in the past decade in terms of delivery platforms, eyes-on-the-page and credibility are small compared to the catastrophic hammering it is taking now. Although readers and viewers are growing in some areas, there is a real danger of losing credibility with vast swaths of demographics for years, possibly generations, to come.
A MASS MEDIA CAMPAIGN WITH A SET OF UNIFIED MESSAGES AND APPEARANCE IS NEEDED TO BREAK THROUGH THE NOISE FOUND ON-AIR, ONLINE, IN PRINT, AT THE WATER COOLER AND ACROSS THE DINNER TABLE.