You will feel better and you will make the Resistance stronger.
Recently, I had dinner with family and friends, one of which I had not seen since last summer (2016). Not previously prone to political discussions, I had only known her to be a moderate Democrat. However, during the recent gathering, she expressed anger, frustration and fear against the Trump administration.
I have been telling people that it is understandable if you can’t march or rally or become extensively involved in political actions. However, IF you take membership in a progressive group representing a cause important to you — ACLU, Planned Parenthood, NAACP, Moms Demand Action (gun safety), Nature Conservancy, or anything BIG and reputable — you will feel like you are doing something to resist the dismantling of progressive policies and programs by Trump. You will feel less despair and more empowerment.
The important thing is to do something to support the resistance to Trump’s radical dismantling of America, his divisiveness, his personal corruptions and his possibly traitorous collusion with Russia.
Join a progressive group today. You will feel better and you will make the resistance stronger. PLEASE SHARE AND SPREAD THIS MESSAGE.
Trump Thinks Both Sides Were Responsible for World War II ?
THE NEWS MEDIA NEED TO MOUNT A TRUTH CAMPAIGN
This is no long just an “adversarial relationship” between President Trump and the news media. Trump has mounted an all-out assault on anyone who disagrees with him, including when he is provably wrong and especially when he is lying. INCREDIBLY, the news media has done and is doing little to respond to this assault.
THE MEDIA NEEDS TO MOUNT A 3-PRONGED CAMPAIGN.
1-Teaching the difference between real and fake news.
2-An industry-wide “Reality Check” pointing out Trump and his administration’s hits and misses re the Truth.
3-A non-partisan/bi-partisan First Amendment / Freedom of the Press campaign using TV/cable (with across the board news, sports and entertainment placements), newspapers, radio (talk shows and entertainment), and outdoor (billboards, bus boards, etc).
This campaign can be paid for by the new media itself and freedom-loving foundations, organizations and individuals.
For nearly two years, Trump has been hammering the news media and undermining its important role in our Democracy. If he continues at the rate he is going now — and if the news media continues to take it without responding — few Americans will decry the demise or even miss the essential role the news media plays in our nation’s democratic process.
Talking heads on cable channels and blogs are not enough. We are the media. Let’s use the media.
Our fellow citizens, whether they know it or not (and whether they agree with us or not), are depending on us. Be smart. Be strong. Begin.
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
This is an important step in the right direction–and it is frightening that it has to happen. The next item on the agenda of U.S. journalists should be an all-out media campaign with a simple slogan to rebuke the “fake news” moniker that is becoming much too prevalent in the minds of some Americans.
What have you done, America?
You took a Declaration of Independence and a U.S. Constitution and handed them over to Donald J. Trump, a crass and ignorant person who has emotional defects so aberrant as to put the well-being, and possibly the future, of the United States of America in jeopardy. Almost daily, he acts like a high-schooler pulling pranks during a Friday night drinking binge
The question now is whether his presidency (which includes his outrageous assault on the media and the Republicans’ War on the Poor) will lead to a country in shambles or a country under the boot of a raging adolescent. Other alternatives are beginning to look remote.
This is no longer a political disagreement; it is a national mental health emergency. And America is faced with a Moment of Truth for which we are totally unprepared.
Bearing the most guilt and shame of all right now are Congressional Republicans who put their party and some ill-conceived policies above the fate of the nation they have sworn to protect. Are there no Republicans with a sense of dignity, let alone the ability to see where all of this could or actually is heading?
Just as the names of the Founders were etched in history on this July Fourth in 1776, the names of every one of the 535 men and women serving in Congress today will forever be remembered as those who laughed at and or ignored Trump, thus allowing the reality TV show host to prove that The Great American Experiment would fail because there were no citizens of honor at the helm.
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.)
The legitimate news media has yet to realize Trump and his minions are in full blitz mode while they, the news media, are fighting an anemic, fragmented guerrilla war–at best. Hard-hitting, hard news stories are not enough if many Americans are convinced they are “fake news.”
The stories are needed but so is a united, coordinated counter-punch against Trump’s constant assault. The legitimate news media needs a massive outreach campaign to remind Americans about the importance of the Freedom of the Press and to regain the trust of the general public, regardless of their political affiliation.
The news media needs a single message to push back against brutal simplicity of “Fake News.” Find something simple and EVERYONE USE IT.
Right now there are too many different “messages” being used by various news outlets and news organizations. That is fine for their individual silos—-but that is where most are staying….
The news media needs an outdoor/mail/surprise marketing campaign in “purple” districts, at the very least.
While the corporate management and bean counters in the news groups will merely see the current conflict between their foot soldiers and Trump as a moneymaking bonanza, they need to be reminded that they could soon face extinction if the current trends continue.
Legitimate news groups and individuals need to unite now with a single message with a single purpose: SAVE DEMOCRACY BY SAVING THEMSELVES.