JOIN a Progressive Group of Your Choice Today! Feel Better! Strengthen the Resistance!

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.

Does Trump Think Both Sides Were Responsible for World War II ?

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.

American Journalists Unite to Track Assault on Press

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.

https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/us-press-freedom-tracker.php?facebook&utm_content=buffer828e9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Trump wants to be Putin-style Dictator

(First appeared 9/10/16)

Trump likes Putin because Putin is a dictator and Trump wants to be a dictator.

It is as simple as that. If Trump is elected, his infantile, sociopath personality along with his immense ignorance of how America works, coupled with his absolute naivete about the real world beyond Trump Tower will lead this country to a crisis possibly, possibly worse than anything since… take your pick.

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People should not be surprised that Trump admires Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who has been in power, one way or another, since 1999 and will remain in power (officially) until the next election in 2018. The current Russian constitution limits persons to two consecutive terms. Putin was elected in 2012 (and once before that) and would likely be re-elected in 2018 until 2024 at which time he could retire at 72 and live off all the money he has stolen. He will have ruled Russia as either President or Prime Minister  for 25 or so years.

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Most outside observers consider the Russian elections to be “non-democratic.” The news media are repressed. Opponents are few and far between and any that show strength or gain support seem to … “meet with unfortunate circumstances.” Culture is scrutinized from on high. The country is frequently described by observers as a “gangster state,” plutocracy, oligarchy, a dictatorship and a kleptocracy. Despite all this, the country seems to be fairing well economically.

One has to give Putin credit for one of the shrewdest public relations/invasion moves in the 21st century. Following the general good will and warm fuzzies generated by the February 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia (with Putin at the helm),  only a month later, Russia took over Crimea from Ukraine, an independent neighbor. While history and geopolitics can be complicated, there is little question that the move was in fact an invasion and the region continues to stress as Russians backs a rebel contingent in Ukraine.

It should not be lost in the considerable dust being kicked up that recent Trump campaign manager Paul John Manafort, Jr., had close ties with Russian-leaning Ukrainian officials.

Trump is the CEO of his own empire. He wants to be CEO of the USA. He wants to manage America the way Putin controls Russia. Almost every day he provides evidence that that is his intention. He wants an 80 percent approval rating like Putin has–which is easy to get when you control the media, eliminate the opposition and control all aspects of the government and economy. That is why you should not vote for Trump. He wants to be a dictator.

This was originally posted on my Occupy Rants WordPress site September 10, 2016. More of those postings are at https://occupyrants.wordpress.com

I am trying to build a follower base, so please feel free to share postings from that site and this Journalism Pride site https://journalismpride.wordpress.com

Fox News Too Dumb to Recognize Hypocrisy — And Too Dishonest to Admit to It

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.)

https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2017/06/28/juan-williams-calls-out-fox-s-cnn-hysteria-after-they-hyped-baseless-seth-rich-conspiracy-and-werent/217097

 

News Dies in Darkness*

The legitimate news media need to unite with a massive outreach campaign to wrestle back its credibility and respect. 

The Trumpov administration is careening dangerously close to locking out the news media. (See CNN link below)

While the president uses the up-to-the-moment technology of tweeting what random and or nasty and or stupid thoughts might spill out of his brain, his mouthpieces (Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders) are reverting back sometimes to pre-television and even pre-radio technology by foregoing and forbidding live TV and audio broadcast of news briefings (during which not much news is briefed).

So much happens so quickly these days that daily news briefings are necessary and should be expected by the American people. Sometimes the public forgets that the news media’s role is to be present in their (the public’s) absence and to ask questions that the public cannot ask or doesn’t know to ask.

Trump acts as if the news media is a nuisance his can accept or reject at his whim. He wants to communicate directly with the public–and the world–via Twitter. Fine. But the news media has the right and obligation to examine and report on the function of government (and every other aspect of public governmental, business, etc) activity.

The legitimate news media need to unite with a massive outreach campaign to wrestle back its credibility and respect.

Otherwise, Trump could well be the beginning of its end.

*With all due respect to The Washington Post’s “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/22/media/audio-only-white-house-briefing-journalist-objections/index.html