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As Reports of Assange Arrest Warrant Emerge, Who Will Defend WikiLeaks?

'Once WikiLeaks is prosecuted, it will make it much easier for the Trump admin to go after other news orgs too.'

Numbnut Corporate Media Bosses Think They Will Be Immune From Trump

In the Green Side Out series of paperbacks (it’s a jarhead thing) the glossary of one defines “Numbnut” as “a person who’s circulation to their testicles has been cut off due to their having their head shoved up their ass.”   Seems about right to me when it comes to the honchos (almost all guys) that own/run major print and media outlets.   Trump has been systematically dismantling institutions since he took Office.   He’s routinely attacked the media including Fox News lately when the handful of folks who try to do some actual journalism have offered up criticism.   He’s shouted and tweeted “Fake news!” so often and KellyAnne Conjob has spent so much time selling the concept of “alternative facts” that mainstream media has taken a big hit in credibility.   While I think their complicity in sticking us with Trump in the first place means they deserve to get slammed if they’d truly do their jobs day in & day out, 24/7 and tell the truth on Trump and stop this “both siderism” bullshit I’d be willing to give them a pass.   They won’t of course.   Trump made them a boatload of money when his candidacy took off and like the major bankers that gave us the 2008 financial crash because they got so addicted to easy money from transaction none of the bosses really understood major media outlets are too addicted to money now to try and fix the mess they created. – There’s a bigger problem however.   One of our cherished institutions has been a free press.   More to the point a free press that could criticize anyone including a President.   Harshly criticize in fact, including pointing out wrongdoing up to and including crimes.   So here’s my question:  Just what makes these corporate media types think (in the face of all Trump’s attacks to date) that he won’t now directly use his “spirit of Roy Cohn” AG William Barr to start rounding up not just journalists but their bosses/owners?   Hell, he had no problem with allowing a dictator that has bailed out a family member to hack to pieces (literally) an American based Washington Post journalist to death while he was alive!   If that particular shot across the bow didn’t provide the much needed wake-up call I don’t know what would.   That’s why I say these corporate media masters have their heads shoved up their asses.   Okay, so I could have used a gentler term like burying their heads in the sand but this is too serious and I fear too imminent a threat to be gentle and cautious with my warning. These corporate media types are used to Trump talking trash about them.   Hell, it helps their bottom lines!   So far.   And since ratings/sales are up they are raking in money hand over fist and it’s blinding them to a threat that’s increasingly real.    It’s now (I believe) increasingly possible if not likely that Trump will decide it’s time to instead of wound, to instead destroy yet another American institution which is our free press.    It’s not like the Constitution matters to Trump, Barr or the GOP in general anymore.    I have no doubt that Trump’s rantings against “the totally unfair media” have in private included demands to start locking up reporters, editors and owners.   So […]
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2019, the year the press tried—and failed—to stand up to Trump

With Donald Trump becoming the first American president to be impeached in his first term, while holed up in the White House tweeting endless attacks around the clock like some internet troll, 2019 should...

Shame on The New York Times!

Buck-buck-BUCKAW!   The New York Times Well, that was a breath of fetid air. The New York Times just announced that it has made the decision to remove political cartoons from all future editions of their “international” editions. They did this in response to outrage of the recent publication of an editorial cartoon that portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Wow, Fox News Refusing to Allow a Trump Lie to Stand: Calling Him Out

It is easy to sit back and be all cool about shit, and talk about the rubes who watch Fox News, and the stuff they want to believe so badly that they talk themselves into it. I do challenge people, however, to consider the impact upon you if you unknowingly throw yourself into a highly professional propaganda machine. Propaganda is a well-studied science and no one does it better than the Russians, and their nationalist far-right sympathizers. For that precise reason, it matters when Fox News refuses to back a Trump lie. Indeed, one of Trump’s latest was such whopper that even Neil Cavuto admitted he didn’t even know “where to begin” to debunk the lie. First, the lie, as reported by Huffington Post: Trump on Friday told White House reporters that “the tariffs are not being paid for by our people” but “by China” because “of devaluation and because they’re pumping money in.” “Remember this, our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars from China,” the president added. “We never took in 10 cents from China. And out of that many billions of dollars, we’re taking a part of it and giving it to the farmers because they’ve been targeted by China. The farmers, they come out totally whole.” Do you understand macro-economics? I do not. But, I listen to people who DO understand economics, and I find it straightforward when they explain that the cost of tariffs are simply passed directly on to the consumers. Okay, that makes total sense. Evidently, making sense is important enough to Neil Cavuto that he will – on rare occasions – call Trump out on the lie: “I don’t know where to begin here,” responded Cavuto, who on Wednesday entered into a war of words with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs about the government deficit under Trump. “But just to be clarifying, China isn’t paying these tariffs. You are. You know, indirectly and sometimes directly,” he explained. “It’s passed along to you through American distributors and their counterparts in the United States that buy this stuff from the Chinese and then have to pay these surcharges. Not the Chinese government or China in particular.” Yes, do note that it was Lou Dobbs’ show in which Cavuto appeared, and certainly note that dangerous and never-to-be-sufficiently-damned Lou Dobbs will carry the water for Trump, regardless of the truth. But anytime there is an “argument” at Fox News about Trump, you can bet that over half of Fox’s audience knows it’s due to water finding its way through “truth cracks” in the propaganda dam. The audience may not “care,” they might “immunize” themselves from the truth by not caring, but they do hear it. I find that important. As I noted in a previous article, breaking Trump is about breaking the mystique. The mystique pervades most strongly in the cable propaganda set up specifically to propel him forward. If Fox tells their viewers that Trump lied to them, on any one thing, it makes that voter/viewer more wary of the next lie. And this is not some “meaningless” lie. This is about money in that American’s pocket. If that voter visits Walmart tomorrow and notes the shoes “seem” more expensive than expected, there will be a part of their brain that entertains the possibility: “Am […]
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Trump promotes another conspiracy theory site … must be a bad weekend at Mar-a-Lago

Must have had another bad golf day (his 80th, four straight days, but he did get to play with Jack Nicklaus today)… Oh that Trump, he’s doing that uncritical endorsement of CT websites again... The name MagaPill is a riff on “red...

Trump Campaign Lies About Lies, And That Is the Point

Chris Cuomo from CNN interviewed Kayleigh McEnany, the Trump Campaign’s very own Kelly Anne Conway, last night. It did not go well. Cuomo confronted McEnany about Trump’s lies. Kayleigh responded that gravity pushes airplanes up into the sky, and anti-gravity allows cars to drive on the ground: “He doesn’t lie,” she insisted. “Guess who lies? The press lies.” Says the spokesperson for the most trustworthy, least racist, most stable genius, in all of history. Then it got real: “I’m going to ask you this one more time, Kayleigh McEnany, do you believe this president has ever lied to the American people?” “No,” McEnany said. “I don’t believe the president has lied.” “Wow!” Cuomo said, adjusting his earpiece. “That blew the IFB right out of my head.” “Do you believe the fake news media has lied?” she said. “Interview’s over, Kayleigh,” he said. “Please.” Cuomo then noted that if Kayleigh cannot admit to a single lie, she will have no credibility with the American public, and that she has a long way to go. Here is the tape, see me below: "No. I don't believe the President has lied."Trump campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tells @ChrisCuomo President Trump has never lied to the country. pic.twitter.com/oSlLHZ4h0m — Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) August 29, 2019 Bravo. There is real danger, though. CNN is caught in a bind. They cannot allow unrepentant liars to sit there and spray utter garbage around the studio. But, if that is the overriding principle, and it should be, they cannot ever invite a Trump administration or campaign person to an interview, because we all know this is the result. Every. Time. It sets up a dynamic where Trump can claim victimhood again, and that the “Fake News” media doesn’t want to report any good things about him. They have an agenda against him One hopes that the majority of the American public has gotten a little too savvy to buy that line continually, and they likely have, but it isn’t healthy. The “do you think the media lies?” retort is the most dangerous. The “media” was not being interviewed, Kayleigh was. Cuomo could have responded quite easily: “I am sure there have been circumstances where some in media have been less than truthful, I cannot control that, I know that I never knowingly lie. Now, having answered your question, are you still insisting that you work for the one person in history who has never once lied?” Or something to that effect. Never forget that among the rules of the propaganda science (and, as I have said before, it IS a science), is to never admit any fault, ever. Moreover, an even more insidious rule of propaganda is to throw so much shit out there, some true, some false, some in-between, that you wear people down, convincing them that the truth is unknowable. In other words, the goal is not to get the audience to actually believe that Trump never lies. No, the goal is to get the audience to believe everyone lies, that it is all “equal,” that the truth doesn’t actually “exist” because everyone has an agenda, and thus nothing can be trusted, from anyone, ever. Have you seen a commercial for the New York Times lately? The quiet one, with no sound? It highlights that […]

Richard Nixon’s Authoritarian Loathing of the Media Lives On in Donald Trump

When things go wrong for the president, his administration in crisis mode and his approval rating down to a weekly average of 41%, he turns to the press, anger in his eyes.
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Networks Accused of ‘Capitulating’ to Deceitful President as #BoycottTrumpsAddress Surges

In what media critics, journalists, and progressive lawmakers described as capitulation to a president who lies constantly to advance his xenophobic aims, all of America's major television networks have opted to grant Donald Trump...
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Four years ago today Trump launched his campaign. Media still hasn’t figured out how...

At 11 AM on June 16, 2015, Donald Trump rode down the escalator inside Trump Tower to announce his presidential campaign. With paid actors cheering him on, Trump instantly lied about the size of...

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