Friday, April 21, 2017

Trump Turns Elite Media Into Fox








Both the New York Times and Washington Post, arguably the best media in the U.S., have handed control to Donald Trump.
Here is today’s New York Times lead headline:
Here is today’s Washington Post lead headline:
“Trump predicts Paris attack will help Le Pen in French vote.”
Rather than turn to other media let’s see what some readers had to say.
David Hillman
 Port Townsend, WA 4 hours ago
I wish the NYT would understand its part in the rise of fascism. A newspaper of this magnitude must realize that it is not independent of events. It influences events. In particular, a headline such as this, "Trump predicts," based on a tweet, amplifies his power, and hence the power of fascism. And fascism thrives on power. It also thrives on fear, the fear of people who are afraid of fascism. If I am not careful, I will let a headline such as this increase my fear. Let us not be afraid.
A comment in the Post:
131Syzygy
“Donald can not even predict when his navy is going to be in North Korea. He knows as much about French politics as he does about being President.”
On Twitter:
“Brave people of France, don’t give in to fear, don’t listen to our President. Trump is a terrorist.
This is from the writer, a veteram foreign correspondent. Just as Putin is doing, Trump is trying to take control of other countries.
The French candidate Trump supports doesn’t believe the French people had any role in the holocaust.
His nonsense is unlikely to fool the French as it has Americans.




Friday, April 7, 2017

Trump's Fake News Becomes Strategy


U.S. President Donald Trump is increasingly claiming phony news is being posted about him and his administration.
In fact, critics, including many respected leaders, say Trump lies consistently, almost daily.
TV show host Rachel Maddow is so tired of the falsehoods she said: “I don’t necessarily want to hear from the White House on almost anything.”
Another strategy that he developed years before ran for president was to say one thing and later, sometimes within a week, say the opposite.
Maddow and others say lying is a strategy for Trump to divert attention every time he or his staff is caught in a failure to conform to the law. And growing evidence that Russia had helped his campaign increased the pressure.
Usually, the lies were outrageous, such as that former President Obama had “wiretapped” him.
Within the past week Trump was forced to actually go to war – bombing Syria. Even his own staff was admitting Russia helped him defeat Hillary Clinton. The FBI and CIA had already reported this before Trump staff members admitted it was true.
There is “no question” that Russia interfered in the presidential election, according to the Trump’s UN ambassador, Nikki Haley.
“Well, certainly, I think Russia was involved in the election,” she told ABC News' Martha Raddatz. “There's no question about that. And I think when they finish with all of this process, yes, they need to address Russia, they need to act, and they need to make sure they're loud about it.
“We don't want any country involved in our elections ever.”
Independent
Now the New York Times reports the CIA warned the FBI last summer that Russia was meddling. Instead of taking action the FBI focused its investigations on Clinton. Only after the election did it concede Russia was intervening.
“… briefings indicate that intelligence officials had evidence of Russia’s intentions to help Mr. Trump much earlier in the presidential campaign than previously thought. The briefings also reveal a critical split last summer between the C.I.A. and counterparts at the F.B.I., where a number of senior officials continued to believe through last fall that Russia’s cyberattacks were aimed primarily at disrupting America’s political system, and not at getting Mr. Trump elected, according to interviews.”
Despite Russia’s claim of anger about the Syria attacks it is not clear it was not a deal between Trump and Putin. There have been reports they set up back channels.
Some military experts say the cruise missile bombings distracted attention from Trump-Putin reports. There have even been claims that the latest war crimes in Syria may have included Russia involvement. With Syria winning the war against rebels why would it want to draw more attention for its atrocities.




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nation Needs New Election Not Hearings


If the U.S. is to become the leader of the Free World again action needs to be taken to deal with what former Vice President Dick Cheney and others call a Russian act of war.
Hours goes by but no one is answering the basic question. Should there be a new election?
And who should be the candidates and how should it be conducted?
If President Donald Trump was colluding with Russia should be even be allowed to run? Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cannot simply be named to replace Trump.
This is quickly becoming as complicated as the downfall of the late President Richard Nixon.
Nixon and his vice president, Spiro Agnew, who were both in their second terms, were ousted for doing a lot less than Trump and his crowd are. Stealing files from Democrats doesn’t compare with working with the Russians, who remain our enemies.
Nations around the world have held elections a second time when there unanswered questions about the honesty of voting.
Trump and his family are accused of siding with Russian dictator Putin and his crooked banks.
In this topsy-turvy world cable television tells us Putin is popular the same day Russians are protesting against him throughout his country.
In the irony of ironies, German is now considered the leader of the Free World.
The planet needs a new election because Trump is trying to prevent the protection of the environment.
The Onion humor site may have said it best:
“Mar-A-Lago Assistant Manager Wondering If Anyone Coming To Collect Nuclear Briefcase From Lost And Found.”







Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Sun Also Rises 3

I knew from Google that I was going to have wait until almost 6 a.m. to be sure the sun would rise in the foothills west of Denver.
I needed a dream to come up with a way to describe the defeat of master showman Donald Trump’s healthcare bill. People just didn’t want to understand Trump no matter how ridiculous.
Upton Sinclair was one of the those who said it best:
 "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"
To lift from Ernest Hemingway, I knew I knew I was not very impressed by very many of Donald Trump’s titles. Sure, could knock down almost anyone in the Princeton gym.
“He cared nothing for boxing, in fact he disliked it, but he learned it painfully and thoroughly …”
“… I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together, and I always had a suspicion that perhaps Robert Cohn had never been middleweight
Hemingway, Ernest (2002-07-25). The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway Library Edition) (p. 3). Scribner. Kindle Edition.”
But unlike Hemingway’s time, radio and TV networks were as a common as “Spider Kelley’s star pupil.”
But when the sun came up the banner headlines were still all over the world Saturday morning. I could have taken an entire day and a dozen languages to translate them all.
Stories carried around the world by “useful idiots” like myself.
For the first time Trump was getting his own version of the Iceberg Theory (sometimes known as the heory of omission") is a style of writing (turned colloquialism) coined by American writer Ernest Hemingway. As a young journalist, Hemingway had to focus his newspaper reports on immediate events, with very little context or interpretation. When he became a writer of short stories, he retained this minimalistic style, focusing on surface elements without explicitly discussing underlying themes. Hemingway believed the deeper meaning of a story should not be evident on the surface, but should shine through implicitly. Critics such as Jackson Benson claim that the iceberg theory, along with Hemingway's distinctive clarity of style, functioned to " distance himself from the characters he created.
Even an abysmal losses couldn’t stop the headline machine. Trump’s son was in trouble with dad for going skiing in Aspen, Colorado while father’s health care bill couldn’t even make it to the polls.
But there were no reports of his old man picking up dying people on the streets of the “Big Apple.” Perhaps Chicago would have been a more productive site.
The Aspen report was denied but as usual several family photos told otherwise.
At least any family member could have afforded medical care if a tree got in the way on a black diamond. And the family 757 was available though perhaps a bit large for the runway.
Hillary Clinton’s 14-year-old Boeing 737 could have landed if a tsunami of bad, fake and and even good news hadn’t blotted her from the sky on election day.





  

The Sun Also Rises 2

I knew from Google that I was going to have wait until almost 6 a.m. to be sure the sun would rise in the foothills west of Denver.
I needed a dream to come up with a way to describe the defeat of master showman Donald Trump’s healthcare bill. People just didn’t want to understand Trump no matter how ridiculous.
Upton Sinclair was one of the those who said it best:
 "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"
To lift from Ernest Hemingway, I knew I knew I was not very impressed by very many of Donald Trump’s titles. Sure, could knock down almost anyone in the Princeton gym.
“He cared nothing for boxing, in fact he disliked it, but he learned it painfully and thoroughly …”
“… I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together, and I always had a suspicion that perhaps Robert Cohn had never been middleweight

Hemingway, Ernest (2002-07-25). The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway Library Edition) (p. 3). Scribner. Kindle Edition.”
But unlike Hemingway’s time, radio and TV networks were as a common as “Spider Kelley’s star pupil.”
But when the sun came up the banner headlines were still all over the world Saturday morning. I could have taken an entire day and a dozen languages to translate them all.
Stories carried around the world by “useful idiots” like myself.
For the first time Trump was getting his own version of the Iceberg Theory (sometimes known as the heory of omission") is a style of writing (turned colloquialism) coined by American writer Ernest Hemingway. As a young journalist, Hemingway had to focus his newspaper reports on immediate events, with very little context or interpretation. When he became a writer of short stories, he retained this minimalistic style, focusing on surface elements without explicitly discussing underlying themes. Hemingway believed the deeper meaning of a story should not be evident on the surface, but should shine through implicitly. Critics such as Jackson Benson claim that the iceberg theory, along with Hemingway's distinctive clarity of style, functioned to " distance himself from the characters he created.
Even an abysmal losses couldn’t stop the headline machine. Trump’s son was in trouble with dad for going skiing in Aspen, Colorado while father’s health care bill couldn’t even make it to the polls.
But there were no reports of his old man picking up dying people on the streets of the “Big Apple.” Perhaps Chicago would have been a more productive site.
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                   Photo Lauren Glendenning
The Aspen report was denied but as usual several family photos told otherwise.
At least any family member could have afforded medical care if a tree got in the way on a black diamond. And the family 757 was available though perhaps a bit large for the runway.
Hillary Clinton’s 14-year-old Boeing 737 could have landed if a tsunami of bad, fake and and even good news hadn’t blotted her from the sky on election day.