Trump Thinks Both Sides Were Responsible for World War II ?
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.
Like some teenage girl with an imagined romance with a rock star, Trump apparently has yearned for a relationship with Putin even though they haven’t really met but were on the same program together but not really together although Trump did have a beauty pageant in Russia so that counts for something in Trump’s pea-sized brain that rolls around in his hollow cranium. On Friday, Trump and Putin will meet in Reality and I hope Trump doesn’t get so excited that he decides to grab Putin by the…putin.
Below is a CNN list of times Trump has spoken (lied, fantasized, postulated) about Putin.
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.
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.”<<<